I want to thank all of the school district patrons who have attended the opt-out meetings. Your questions and involvement have been greatly appreciated. There have been over 30 meetings held regarding the opt-out since September.

School funding continues to challenge schools across our state, including the Yankton School District. Discussions and public meetings have been taking place since September regarding specific information pertaining to an Opt-Out for the Yankton School District.

The following link will provide patrons with additional information pertaining to the Opt Out including a video presentation done for the public over the past few months:

The YSD Opt-Out Information Link is: https://www.ysd.k12.sd.us/apps/pages/budget

Yankton School District: Special Opt-Out Election

One of the most important parts of the opt-out process is the opportunity for our parents, students and patrons to vote in the election. We are thankful to the men and women who have served and are serving our country so we may enjoy our many freedoms; please take time to vote.

Who is eligible to vote in this election?

Any registered voter of the Yankton School District 63-3 may vote in the Special Opt-Out Election on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, which includes voters that reside both inside and outside of Yankton city limits.

Voter registration for this election closes at 5 p.m on Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. Voters may check their registration status on the Voter Information Portal at https://vip.sdsos.gov/viplogin.aspx.

Absentee Voting: In Person

Absentee voting for the Special School Opt-Out Election began on Friday, Jan. 3, and ends on Monday, Feb. 10. Any registered voter of the Yankton School District may vote absentee at the Yankton School Administration Building located at 2410 West City Limits Road.

The YSD Administration Building will be open from 7 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday from Jan. 3 through Feb. 9, and open until 5 p.m. on Feb. 10.

Absentee voters should be prepared to show a valid photo ID or sign a personal affidavit for identification purposes.

Absentee Voting: By Mail

If you are unable to vote in-person at your polling place on election day (Feb. 11), you may be eligible to vote absentee by mail.

To vote by mail, a voter must submit an absentee ballot application to the Yankton School District Administration Building no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 10. Please take into account mail delivery time when requesting an absentee ballot. Waiting until the day before the election to request an absentee ballot will not guarantee that you receive the ballot in time to return it for counting.

• Step 1: Download the application. Please call YSD Business Office for assistance 665-3980.

• Step 2: Mail the completed application and copy of a South Dakota driver’s license or non-driver ID card, a passport or other picture ID issued by the United States Government, a tribal photo ID, or a current student photo ID issued by a South Dakota High School or postsecondary education institution to:

Yankton School District

Attn: Business Manager

PO Box 738

Yankton, SD 57078

In lieu of a photo ID, the voter may have the application notarized.

• Step 3: A ballot will be mailed to the voter.

• Step 4: Absentee ballot is mailed (use address above) or delivered to the Yankton School Administration Building located at 2410 West City Limits Road in time for the person in charge of the election to get the ballot to the correct voting precinct by 7 p.m. on Election Day.

Absentee Voting: Messenger Service

In the event of confinement because of sickness or disability, a qualified voter may apply in writing and obtain an absentee ballot by authorized messenger. An authorized messenger delivers the ballot from the Yankton School Administration Building to the qualified voter and then delivers the marked ballot back to the Yankton School Administration Building.

Any application for a ballot by an authorized messenger must be received by the person in charge of the election before 3 p.m. the day of the election (Feb. 11).

* Note: Work is not considered confinement. Employers are required under law to allow an employee up to two hours to be absent to vote (SDCL 12-3-5).

• Step 1: Download the application. Please call YSD Business Office for assistance 665-3980.

• Step 2: If unable to download or no access to a computer, an application may be mailed to the voter or hand delivered by the designated messenger.

• Step 3: The completed application is returned to the Yankton School Administration Building during business hours.

• Step 4: An official ballot is given to the authorized messenger for delivery to the confined voter.

• Step 5: The authorized messenger returns the voted ballot to the Yankton School Administration Building in time for the person in charge of the election to get the ballot to the correct voting precinct by 7 p.m. on Election Day (Feb. 11).

Election Day Voting

Election Day voting will be held on Feb. 11 from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. at the following locations:

• Yankton City Hall

• North Fire Station #2

• Yankton School District Administration Building

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School Board Meetings

Yankton School District Board monthly meetings are held on the second Monday of the month at the YSD Administration Building located at 2410 West City Limits Road beginning at 5 p.m. School board meetings are recorded and re-aired on public access channels on our local cable television. The meetings are also archived on the YSD Website http://ysd.k12ksdkus/. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.

Superintendent Presentations

Thank you for the trust and confidence you have placed in me to lead the Yankton School District. You are welcome to contact me at any time to visit. I would be happy to visit with you personally or speak to your group/organization.

I am also willing to host your group at our Administration Building or one of our school buildings. I would also come to your facility or meeting place.

If there is a specific topic you would like for me to address in the future, please call me at 665-3998 or email me at wkindle@ysd.k12.sd.us.

Let’s continue to have a great year!

Henry Ford stated, “Coming together is a beginning. Staying together is a process. Working together is a success.”

Dr. Wayne Kindle is superintendent of the Yankton School District.

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