TCSD Board changes Student Eligibility for Activities, appoints BB Coaches, adopts new Public Presentation Policy, keeps High School Fence


MISSION – Effective immediately, changes in the Todd County Activities Handbook, which the TCSD Board adopted at its January 9 meeting are:

Students will be required to have no failing grades in any of his/her classes.  In the event that weekly percentage grades are not the best determinant of a students’ progress, the instructor retains the right to set other standards or requirements to certify student achievement.

Throughout the season the Activities Director will conduct grade checks on a two-week basis.  All grades will be due into the Registrar by noon on Monday of the predetermined date.  All students whose grades do not meet the standards in paragraph one will be come ineligible for competition, but will still be allowed to practice.  Students will be allowed to turn in work, but will remain ineligible until the next weeks grade check.  Only those students that failed to meet required eligibility standards will be checked on an individual basis, all others will be checked at the next scheduled grade check.

The Activities Director will also do a grade check at a predetermined date (Monday of the week before) for those students who will be participating in the Lakota Nation Invitational.  If students fails to meet the standards at that time, he/she will not be allowed to participate.

The Board also appointed the following Boy’s Basketball Coaches for the remainder of the season:

Rashad Shannon – Head Coach, Joseph Boyd – Assistant Coach, Bret White Hat – Ninth Grade Coach.


Changes were also approved on the Public Participation Policy (BEDH) for Board Meetings:

Before the meeting, there is usually one topic to be presented by the District and discussed.  The public is given the opportunity to speak on the topic that is the reason for the meeting. 

Before the meeting is called to order, anyone wishing to speak at a Board Meeting must verbally, or in writing, inform the Superintendent, the Business Manager or the Board President.  The person must sign a form available with their name, address, email, and topic to be discussed.

A speaker will be granted five minutes to present comments.  If an extension of time is requested, additional time may be granted by Board vote.

Any specific request requiring Board action, must be in writing to the Superintendent for the item to be placed on the Board Agenda.  It must be submitted at least five days before the meeting.

The Policy can be seen in its entirety on the Todd County School District website:


After years of indecision about removing or retaining the fence around the High School Campus, including many presentation both pro and con, various surveys, and a lot of discussion, the Board voted unanimously to keep it, for safety and security reasons.


Federal Programs Director Roberta Bizardie announced that she and Todd County School District student representatives have been invited by Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts to present at the 2017 Alumni of Color Conference in March.  

This opportunity has become available through the visits of Dr. Cesar Cruz, Harvard Alumni and 2016 TCSD Inservice Motivational Speaker in August.  Dr. Cruz returned in November to visit several TC Schools, bringing his message of “Claiming Our Voice – Native Youth Speak Out.”  He suggested that Bizardie write the proposal for TC students to present at the conference.

Some topics of discussion could include Intergenerational Wisdom, Learning Our Languages, Passing On Stories of Our People, the Positives of Being Native Youth, Seventh Generation: Standing Up.

Students will be selected for the trip on quality of and presentation of their ideas.

“This an opportunity for our students’ voices to be valued in other places, not just here,” Bizardie said.

The second step of this project, she said, is to publish a book by Todd County Students.  Submissions can include any art, poetry or story, the goal being to put Native American Voices into the classroom.


South Dakota GEAR Up Representative Peg Diekhoff and James Curran, with Teach for America, presented an opportunity for the TCSD be a GEAR Up Partner School.  A breakdown of ACT Scores show that students in the GEAR Up College Prep Class scored significantly higher than those not enrolled in the class. 

Objectives of the SD GEAR Up (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness) Grant are:

- Increase the academic performance and preparation for post-secondary education of GEAR Up students,

- Increase the rate of high school graduation and participation in post-secondary education for GEAR Up students,

- Increase the educational expectations of GEAR Up Students, and increase student and family knowledge of post-secondary education  options, preparation and financing.

The Board voted to establish a School-Based Coordinator position for South Dakota GEAR Up for the 2017-18 School Year.  The GEAR Up Grant will pay the salary, plus matching funds for services rendered, goods and supplies, travel to GEAR Up events, college fairs, etc.


Next year’s Election of Board of Education members will be on Tuesday, June 20, 2017.  The three-year term of Board Vice-President Travis Wooden Knife and the remaining year of the seat currently held by Gena Heinert will be on the ballot.

For details of the meeting, see the legal section of the Todd County Tribune.

The next regular Board Meeting will be Monday, January 20, 2017.


- Phyllis Littau

  TCSD Public Relations

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