South Dakota Department of Education

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South Dakota Department of Education
Agency Profile
Superintendent:Melody Schopp
FY 2013 Budget:$814.3 million[1]
Website:Department Home Page
The South Dakota Department of Education oversees public K-12 education in South Dakota. The department managed 699 K-12 schools and 126,759 students during the 2012-2013 school year.[2]



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See also
South Dakota Secretary of Education
List of school districts in South Dakota
Public education in South Dakota
School board elections portal
The mission statement of the South Dakota Department of Education reads:[3]
The South Dakota Department of Education is dedicated to enhancing learning through leadership and service.[4]


The current Secretary of Education is Melody Schopp. The following list details members of the secretary's office as of January 22, 2014:[3]

  • Operations and Information Director: Mary Stadick Smith
  • Delivery Unit Head: Steve Flechtner
  • Legal Assistant: Ferne Haddock
  • Executive Assistant: Betty Leidholt
  • Information Officer: Kodi Odean-Carlin
  • Staff Attorney: Bobbi Rank
  • Information Specialist: Ruth Raveling

Board of Education

The Board of Education consists of nine members appointed by the Governor with advice from the South Dakota State Senate. Each member serves a term of four years. Board members are responsible for developing standards for high school graduation, school accreditation, teacher certification and continuing education for academic staff.[5]

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