A new era for S.D. tech schools starts Monday

South Dakota’s four tech schools are officially under new management.

The Board of Technical Education will have its first meeting next week at Western Dakota Technical Institute in Rapid City.

The new board stems from a constitutional amendment voters passed last November, which was billed as a way to give tech schools more flexibility to respond to workforce needs in the state.

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Legislators earlier this year passed a bill to form the board, removing tech school oversight from the Board of Education.

During its first meeting, the board will elect officers, discuss budgets for the four tech schools, set a meeting calendar for the year.

The nine-member board will also hear reports on high school enrollments at technical colleges in the region and how the cost of South Dakota tech schools compares to others in the area.

The board is made up of business owners from throughout the state, including First Premier Bank CEO Dana Dykhouse and Sanford executive Diana VanderWoude from Sioux Falls.

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