State of South Dakota
LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY, 2012
SENATE BILL NO. 98
Introduced by: Senators Johnston, Schlekeway, and Tieszen and Representatives Perry and
FOR AN ACT ENTITLED, An Act to provide for a pilot program initiating two mathematics
and science academies and to make an appropriation therefor.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA:
Section 1. Beginning on July 1, 2012, the Board of Regents shall conduct a pilot program
initiating a mathematics and science academy at the University Center in Sioux Falls, South
Dakota, and at the University Center in Rapid City, South Dakota. Through each of the
academies, the Board of Regents shall partner with school districts to provide course work to
twenty-four high school seniors. Twenty-four students shall be taught at each of the University
Centers where they will undertake a rigorous curriculum with an emphasis in the areas of
mathematics and science. Each of the students shall enroll in twelve credit hours of
postsecondary course work for each of two semesters and shall receive full credit toward high
school graduation as well as postsecondary credit for each of the postsecondary courses the
student successfully completes. The cost of tuition for the postsecondary course work provided
to a student through the academies shall be divided evenly among the state, the school district
in which the student is enrolled, and the individual student participating in one of the academies.
Section 2. There is hereby established the Mathematics and Science Academy Board. The
board shall consist of eight members including two parents, two teachers, two school
administrators, and two persons engaged in business. The executive director of the Board of
Regents shall select the members of the board, and they shall serve without compensation. The
board shall advise the Board of Regents in establishing the criteria upon which students
applying for the mathematics and science academies are evaluated and shall select the twenty-four participants in each of the mathematics and science academies from among the student
Section 3. The Board of Regents shall promulgate rules to establish the application process
and application time frame for students applying for admission into one of the mathematics and
science academies, and to establish the criteria on which the selection process for the academies
Section 4. Any student selected to attend one of the mathematics and science academies
shall remain enrolled in a public high school within the state and shall be counted in the fall
enrollment as defined in § 13-13-10.1 for that school district. A student attending one of the
academies may participate in interscholastic activities at the high school where the student is
enrolled and, upon successful completion of the necessary course work through one of the
academies, shall graduate from that high school.
Section 5. For any student who is attending one of the mathematics and science academies,
the school district in which the student is enrolled shall remit to the Board of Regents for that
student the sum of one thousand seven hundred thirty-five dollars, and the attending student
shall remit to the Board of Regents the sum of one thousand seven hundred thirty-five dollars.
The Board of Regents shall apply any funds received from a school district or from an attending
student pursuant to this section to the cost of the tuition for the postsecondary course work in
which the student is enrolled.
The school district and the attending student shall remit one half of the amount owed
pursuant to this section to the Board of Regents by December fifteenth and the remaining half
by June fifteenth.
Section 6. There is hereby appropriated from the general fund the sum of eighty-four
thousand dollars ($84,000), or so much thereof as may be necessary, to the Board of Regents
to fund the pilot program initiating the two mathematics and science academies pursuant to
section 1 of this Act.
Section 7. There is hereby appropriated to the Board of Regents the sum of one hundred
sixty-eight thousand dollars ($168,000), or so much thereof as may be necessary, from other
funds received from school districts and from students participating in one of the mathematics
and science academies pursuant to this Act.
Section 8. The executive director of the Board of Regents shall approve vouchers and the
state auditor shall draw warrants to pay expenditures authorized by this Act.
Section 9. Any amounts appropriated in this Act not lawfully expended or obligated by June
30, 2013, shall revert in accordance with the procedures prescribed in chapter 4-8.