Why is the Sioux Falls School District being so secret about naming new schools? Tradition?

In defense of tradition, they have named schools this way for over decade;

District policy requires that name be selected by a committee, and to help the committee decide, the district conducted a survey on its website.

But the public won’t see those survey results. Maher on Monday denied an Argus Leader open records request for all responses submitted to the survey.

”The raw survey data does not stand alone and is not required of the policy in the naming process,” Maher’s response stated. “Instead, it is a means for the committee to solicit input from the community as one factor for consideration.”

But that doesn’t mean the tradition should continue. Why not solicit input from the community in a public meeting? I suggest the committee meet in public with the top names and discuss in an open forum and take public input before they vote on the final decision. Silly me, that would require the SFSD to change all of their policies on transparency.

And who is sitting on this secret committee?

While I suppose I should be angry, I am certainly not surprised. This process has been secretive from the beginning. It’s one of the biggest shams ever pulled on the citizens of Sioux Falls. Does it really matter what these schools are called? In my mind they will always stand for corruption whether you name it Jefferson or Attila the Hun High School.



8 comments ↓

#1 SL on 01.14.19 at 9:06 pm

So much secrecy. Continuing the Huether tradition.

#2 "Very Stable Genius" on 01.15.19 at 12:34 am

How about ‘33% Will Survive College High.’ That would be an appropriate name for the new school. And to come to think of it, since Lincoln never went to college, they named that school right, didn’t they? But since Jefferson founded the University of Virginia, that might be a bit too much, don’t you think? While Teddy went to Harvard, which might be stretching it as well…

#3 "Very Stable Genius" on 01.15.19 at 12:42 am

Oh, I can’t believe I forgot my alma mater, Washington High. They named that one right too, because George never went to college…. Although, many are named after him….

#4 "Very Stable Genius" on 01.15.19 at 12:56 am

They should actually name it after Truman. He never went to college either… I guess our current Governor blew her opportunity, huh?

#5 D@ily Spin on 01.15.19 at 10:05 am

If it must be named after a president who didn’t finish college, call it ‘Trump’. His name would identify the district with lack of transparency, stubbornness, and organizational structure similar to Russian Oligarchy. There could be honorable mention for buddies Putin and Kim Sung Il. Tweet ‘You’re Fired’ to the public and keep it closed until a border wall is built at Brandon and Harrisburg expense.

#6 anominous on 01.15.19 at 12:13 pm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMtdrKIdDgE

#7 Fluff McFluffin on 01.15.19 at 2:46 pm

I understand wanting to name it Jefferson High, but I instead submitted Woodrow Wilson Keeble High School. A South Dakota hero and role model for our youth. Ties, to service, ties to the Sioux Nation, South Dakotan, hero. What more do they need to know. The population that would attend the school would also, likely, be heavily Native American do to its geographic location.

#8 scott on 01.15.19 at 7:15 pm

i submitted january jones middle school, since she is the most current celebrity from sioux falls, and catherine bach high school, since she invented daisy dukes.

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