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Rapid City School Dash Board Project Promotes Funding Transparency
Rapid City School Dash Board Project Promotes Funding Transparency
Rapid City Area Schools
August 15, 2015

Rapid City Area Schools Face Changes After Opt-Out Vote

After the failure of the opt-out in May of 2015, Rapid City Area Schools hope to use this situation as an opportunity to bring changes to the district, reports KOTA Territory News.

The opt-out was originally passed by the school board, and then put to a municipal vote, and would have increased property taxes in order to generate $6 million per year for five years. The opt-out failed when brought to a public vote.

The district is now looking to create a system of transparency, called the Rapid City School Dash Board, to inform the public of how funding from taxes, as well as other local, state, and federal sources is used within the school system. Superintendent Tim Mitchell thinks that the failure of the opt-out is a chance to learn and move forward for the district and Rapid City, which has 14,000 students.

For more information, visit the Rapid City Area Schools website, the Black Hills Knowledge Network Opt Out resource page, or the BHKN archive.

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