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School Board election April 14

An election to fill the two seats on the Sioux Falls Public School Board will be held Tuesday, April 14. In order to vote, you must live within the Sioux Falls School District and have registered by March 30.

Also included on the ballot will be a school start date referendum. This referendum asks whether to hold the opening day of school before or after Labor Day in the years 2015, 2016, and 2017. A "yes" vote would uphold the Board's decision to schedule the next three school years' opening days on Aug. 17, 2015; Aug. 22, 2016; and Aug. 21, 2017. A "no" vote would reject the School Board's decision to schedule the next three school years' opening days on Aug. 17, 2015; Aug. 22, 2016; and Aug. 21, 2017, and would require the School Board to set an opening day after Labor Day for each of the 2015, 2016 and 2017 school years.

Absentee ballots for voters in both Lincoln and Minnehaha counties are available at the Minnehaha County Auditor's Office (415 N. Dakota Ave.) from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. through April 13.

The election will be conducted at 13 Vote Centers located throughout the Sioux Falls School District from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. on April 14.


Vote Centers will be open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. at the following locations:

First Lutheran Church
327 S. Dakota Ave.
Wesley United Methodist Church
1700 E. Sixth St.
Kenny Anderson Community Center
3701 E. Third St.
Sioux Falls Arena
1201 N. W. Ave.
Oyate Community Center
2421 W. 15th St.
MariCar Community Center
400 N. Valley View Rd.
Memorial Middle School
1401 S. Sertoma Ave.
Peace Lutheran Church
5509 W. 41st St.
Faith Baptist Church
601 W. 57th St.
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
5500 E. 57th St.
Morningside Community Center
2400 S. Bahnson Ave.
Asbury United Methodist Church
2425 S. Western Ave.
Instructional Planning Center
201 E. 38th St.


4313 E. 36th St.
Facebook: Randy Dobberpuhl for School Board
Occupation: Case Manager for Minnehaha County Human Services
Family: Wife, Kersten; sons Coulter (9) and Ryder (6), both students at Harvey Dunn Elementary School
Education: Northern State University, Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology with an emphasis on Criminal Justice, minor in Psychology
Years Residing in Sioux Falls: Since 2007
Why do you want to serve on the Sioux Falls School Board: My two boys have inspired me to look out for the best interests in all our students. Based off the results of the Gallup Employment Engagement Survey and Employee Exit Survey, there seems to be a lack of communication between the employees in the school and with other schools. Teacher recognition really stood out to me because it was so low. Teachers reported they are not receiving any feedback or recognition.


2100 E. 63rd St.
Phone: Todd Thoelke for School Board
Occupation: Real Estate Broker
Family: Wife, Jackie; daughters Paige and Emma
Education: Some college at University of Missouri and University of South Dakota
Years Residing in Sioux Falls: 35
Why do you want to serve on the Sioux Falls School Board: Sioux Falls really has something to be proud of with our public school system. My commitment to education continues as I work hard to represent the students, teachers and taxpayers. I believe I've made a difference with my efforts to educate and prepare each student to succeed in a changing world. I am proud of the many successes our board has achieved over the last three years and hope Sioux Falls will allow me to continue.


1205 S. 2nd Ave.
Phone: Kate Parker, Sioux Falls School Board
Occupation: Government Programs Manager, Sanford Health Plan
Family: Husband, Matt; sons Jack (10) and Bobby (7)
Education: Bachelor's degree in education from Bucknell University (Lewisburg, Penn.), master's degree in public administration from American University (Washington, D.C.)
Years Residing in Sioux Falls: 10
Why do you want to serve on the Sioux Falls School Board: With a new superintendent beginning this summer, it is imperative to have someone with the experience and knowledge to help navigate through this time of change. With six years on the Board, I have that experience and knowledge. I have seen budget cuts, enrollment growth and new programs and remained steadfast in my support of quality education. I will continue to approach my service as a parent looking forward to our children's future educational needs.

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