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Lead-Deadwood Elementary School in Deadwood
Lead-Deadwood Elementary School in Deadwood
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Deadwood - Education & Training


Lead-Deadwood School District 

The towns of Lead and Deadwood consolidated separate public school systems in 1971, as described here. Today there is one attendance center in Deadwood and two in Lead. The district contains Lead-Deadwood High School in Lead, Lead-Deadwood Middle School in Lead, and Lead-Deadwood Elementary in Deadwood. 

According to the State of South Dakota's report card, Lead-Deadwood High School's graduation rate was 72.18 percent in 2015, a rise from the 47.75 percent in 2014, though significantly lower than the statewide average of 90.05 percent. In 2016, High School graduation increase to 76.68 percent, a 6.5 percent increase from 2015, according to the State of South Dakota’s 2015-2016 report card.

During the 2015-2016 academic year, the Lead-Deadwood School District's fall enrollment was 810 in grades K-12. According to the South Dakota Department of Education, 99 students graduated from the Lead-Deadwood School District in 2016. Forty  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 2015-2016 Profile of the Lead-Deadwood School District.  

map of the Lead-Deadwood School District is available on the Lawrence County website.

The district is led by Superintendent Dan Leikvold, who can be reached here.

School Board

Lead-Deadwood Board of Education meets at 4 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month in the Lead-Deadwood High School board room. Its board members serve three-year terms. Click here to read the latest meeting minutes.

Current members are:

President Tim Madsen - [email protected]

Vice President Tera Mau - [email protected]

Julie Gardner - [email protected]

Orson Ward - [email protected], [email protected]

Suzanne Rogers - [email protected]

Other Educational Opportunities

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 coordinates community education classes in Deadwood.

The Lead-Deadwood school district also includes students at Box Elder Job Corps, an educational and technical career training program for students ages 16 to 24. Job Corps has been a part of the district since 2002. 

More Information 

News articles related to Lead-Deadwood school’s budget, monthly school board meetings, school activities and other school-related issues can be found at the Black Hills Pioneer, or the Lead-Deadwood School District’s website. The Lead-Deadwood School District Strategic Plan is also available and is attached as a pdf at the bottom of this page. 

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