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Meade 46-1 School Board Meeting Recap

Meade 46-1 School Board Meeting Recap

Meade 46-1 School Board discusses several items at Monday meeting


Gary Matthews - April 8, 2019

STURGIS, S.D. – The Meade 46-1 School Board discussed a number of issues at their meeting last night.

Board members agreed to put a garage project for the Central Meade County Schools out for bid and heard from the Sturgis Rodeo Club.

The club wants to use property near Sturgis Brown High School to convert into a practice ground, and eventually, hold their events there.

Last night, Superintendent Jeff Simmons says they provided an update.

"Last night was an update from them, they are working on their non-profit status and also working to put together a lease. The lease has changed. A lot of times, we think about a 99-year-lease, but our attorney says we can only go to a 30-year lease, so that kind of changed the dynamics some. But, they seem to optimistic and we're going to make that work."

The club had initially hoped for a 99-year lease on the approximately 95 acres east of Sturgis Brown High School and South Dakota National Guard property.

The board also heard from the Meade County Fair Board Monday night.

The board would like to secure a 99-year lease on 20 acres of property that would allow them to expand. The board says they are in the process of raising funds for the construction of a new building. Simmons says they are having good discussions with the group.

And, the board decided to hold off for now on hiring a strength and conditioning coach.

Superintendent Simmons. "I don't think anybody thinks we shouldn't have a strength and conditioning coach so we can compete with other AA Schools, but the best way to put it is that it's complicated. We are going to get to where we need to be."

Simmons says for now, they are going to focus on renovating the current Sturgis Brown High School Weight Room, where costs so far have gone over-budget.



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