Gov. Dennis Daugaard will be the man in the middle when the new state Board of Technical Education meets Monday afternoon in Rapid City.
The current agenda shows the governor is scheduled for a discussion with the board members at 3 p.m. MT at Western Dakota Technical Institute’s event center. A discussion with Rapid City-area homebuilders follows at 5:30 p.m. MT at Dakota Steakhouse.
The meeting continues Tuesday at 8 a.m. MT back at the event center. After a half-dozen items of routine business, the new board will receive reports from state Board of Regents executive director Mike Rush and state Labor and Regulation Secretary Marcia Hultman.
Board members then take a 10 a.m. MT break. After they return, the board is scheduled to receive various reports, including regional cost-competitiveness, and is scheduled for a 1:30 p.m. MT tour of the Western Dakota Tech campus.
The new board was created by the Legislature with the support of the governor during the 2017 session after voters narrowly approved a constitutional amendment in the November 2016 general election.
The state Board of Education previously governed public schools and the four public tech institutes at Watertown, Mitchell, Rapid City and Sioux Falls.
The legislation, SB 65, also reduced the size of the state Board of Education to seven members from nine in the past and changed the name to the state Board of Education Standards.
The governor appointed to the tech board Rod Bowar of Kennebec, Scott Knuppe of Rapid City, Ed Mallett of Watertown, Scott Peterson of Belle Fourche, Doug Ekeren of Yankton, Bob Faehn of Watertown, Dana Dykehouse of Sioux Falls, Terry Sabers of Mitchell and Diana VanderWoude of Sioux Falls. They will elect officers Tuesday.
The revised state Board of Education members are Don Kirkegaard of Sturgis, Glenna Fouberg of Aberdeen, Susan Aguilar of Sioux Falls, Gopal Vyas of Mitchell, Scott Herman of Mission, Kay Schallenkamp of Spearfish and Lori Wagner of Webster. Leaving the board are one of its longest-serving members, Marilyn Hoyt of Huron, and vice president Deb Shephard of Watertown.