There are two public school districts in Meade County, the Meade School District and the Faith School District. Each district is governed by an elected board of education that makes district policy, but does not engage in day-to-day school operations. School board meetings are open to the public. Under special circumstances outlined in state law, having to do with legal matters or privacy rights of employees or students, the board may hold discussions in closed, executive sessions. However, any final action must happen at a public session.
Most children in Meade County attend school in the Meade School District 46-1 with eleven attendance centers in Sturgis, Piedmont, Whitewood, and elsewhere throughout the county. The district encompasses about 3,100 of Meade County’s 3,482 square miles. That makes it South Dakota’s largest school district geographically. Total enrollment for the Meade district in 2015 was 2,461.
Sturgis Elementary, located at 1121 Ball Park Road in Sturgis, had an enrollment of 715 students in 2015. For more information about Sturgis Elementary, call 605-347-2386.
Whitewood Elementary located at 603 Garfield Street in Whitewood, sits west of Sturgis across the county line in Lawrence County, but is administered by the Meade District and enjoys a close association with schools in Sturgis. Whitewood Elementary featured an enrollment of 107 students in 2015. For more information about Whitewood Elementary, call 605-269-2264.
Piedmont Valley Elementary (K-6) is located at 16159 Second Street in Piedmont, east of Sturgis along Interstate 90 and had an enrollment of 569 students in 2015. For more information about Piedmont Valley Elementary, call 605-787-5295.
The district also has the following six rural schools spread throughout the county:
- Atall Elementary (2015 enrollment of 13), located at 16375 Atall Road in Union Center. For more information about Atall Elementary, call 605-985-5916.
- Elm Springs Elementary (2015 enrollment of 11), located at 21309 Elm Springs Road in Wasta. For more information about Elm Springs Elementary, call 605-798-2492.
- Enning/Union Center Elementary (2015 enrollment of 44), located at 1700 Highway 34 in Union Center. For more information about Enning/Union Center Elementary, call 605-985-5367.
- Hereford Elementary (2015 enrollment of 17), located at 15998 Cross South Road in Hereford. For more information about Hereford Elementary, call 605-985-5380.
- Opal Elementary (2015 enrollment of 18), located at 18010 Opal Road in Opal. For more information about Opal Elementary, call 605-748-2426.
Middle School students attend Sturgis Williams Middle School in Sturgis, with a 2015 enrollment of 497. For more information about Sturgis Williams Middle School, call 605-347-5232. A new middle school, Stagebarn, is currently being constructed in Summerset and is slated to be in use by the 2018-2019 school year. High school age students attend school at Sturgis Brown High School in Sturgis with a 2015 enrollment of 676. For more information about the high school, call 605-347-2686.
Under the previous No Child Left Behind rating system, students in the Meade County School District took the annual Dakota STEP test to ensure that the district were making adequate yearly progress (AYP) in reading and math. According to the State of South Dakota's report card,
Brown High School’s graduation rate in 2016 was 92.65 percent up from 92.59 percent in 2015 but down from the 93.21 percent rate posted in 2014 but higher than the statewide average of 90.06 percent.
During the 2015-2016 academic year, the Meade County School District's fall enrollment was 2,667 in grades K-12. With a 0.9 percent dropout rate, the district graduated 124 students. Seventy six students took the ACT exam. The average composite score was 21.3. To view a statistical profile of funding, student and staff data, see the South Dakota Department of Education's 2014-2015 Profile of Meade School District.
Governance and Budget
The Meade County Board of Education is composed of nine publicly elected members. The board meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month, at the Williams Administrative Building. The meetings are sometimes rescheduled in May and August. Agendas are available the Friday before meetings and may be picked up at school district administrative offices, or found online.
Meade County Board of Education information can be found here.
In the county’s northeast corner, Faith School District 46-2 served 205 students K-12 in 2014-2015. Though many students commute long distances from remote ranches and farms, the district is unable to provide bussing. Instead mileage payments are made to parents. A new building for all grade levels opened for the 2012-13 school year.
For twelve years students have attended classes in seven modular buildings after the original Faith School, built in 1910, was condemned in 2004.
Students in the Faith School District took the annual Dakota STEP test to ensure that the district were making adequate yearly progress (AYP) in reading and math. According to the State of South Dakota's report card,
Faith students achieved AYP in all categories in all grades tested in elementary, middle and high schools in the spring of 2015. Faith's high school graduation rate was 100 percent in 2015, higher than the rate as posted in 2014 of 93.75 and higher than the statewide average of 90.06 percent.
During the 2015-2016 academic year, the Faith School District's fall enrollment was 185 in grades K-12. With a 0.0 percent dropout rate, the district graduated 20 students. Twenty students took the ACT exam. The average composite score was 20.7. To view a statistical profile of funding, student and staff data, see the South Dakota Department of Education's 2015-2016 Profile of Faith School District.
Governance and Budget
Five Faith School District board members are elected for three year terms. Board meetings are scheduled for the second Monday of each month, 7 pm, usually at the Faith Community Hall and occasionally at the rural school in Maurine.
Agendas can be picked up at school district administrative offices in Faith, or found online. The budget for 2015-2016 school operations was about $1,435,855.00. (Source: Faith School District business office.)
Other Educational Opportunities
The Meade County School District offers preschool programs. Black Hills Special Services Cooperative coordinates state-funded Birth-To-Three Connections, an early intervention program for infants and toddlers with possible development delays. Black Hills Special Services Cooperative, a consortium of 12 Black Hills school districts, is based out of the city of Sturgis.
News articles related to Meade County schools’ budget, monthly school board meetings, school activities and other school-related issues can be found at the Black Hills Pioneer, the Meade County School District’s Website, and the Faith School District’s Website.
[R1]Can you update the test results in the first paragraph to 2015-2016? For the second paragraph, make sure the newest data is the leading statement. It’s fine to have the previous years, but make sure the newest data is the first thing people read. Thanks!