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Gary Matthews

School Board addresses Whitewood School concern

STURGIS, S.D. – The Meade 46-1 School Board held a special study session Monday night and took questions from the audience about a topic on the session’s agenda.

The board is currently anticipating a budget deficit of $300,00 to $500,000 this year as well as a similar deficit for the 2024-2025 school year.

Because of that, the district is discussing possibly moving fifth graders at Whitewood to Sturgis Williams Middle School.

That drew concern from parents in Whitewood.

Superintendent Wayne Wormstadt says the moving of the fifth graders is not an absolute necessity for Fiscal 2025 but it could be in Fiscal 2026.

He reiterated several times the work session was just the beginning in opening up conversation on the district’s budget woes. The board is expected to further discuss the proposal at their April meeting.

Wormstadt says the board then could make a decision on whether to move forward and receive additional date or just drop the idea all together.

Furthermore School Board President Charlie Wheeler says there no plans right now to close the Whitewood School.

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