Donald Kirkegaard: Up for a New Challenge

Donald Kirkegaarde of Britton , SD meets with community members on the Big Horn side of School District 1.
Donald Kirkegaarde of Britton , SD meets with community members on the Big Horn side of School District 1.

Twenty-six people attended an informational forum last night in the Big Horn High School auditorium to listen to and ask questions of Donald Kirkegaard, one of three final candidates vying for the superintendent position for Sheridan County School District One.

Kirkegaard is superintendent in Britton, South Dakota, a hub of agriculture and tourism, which he says is much like Big Horn, Tongue River area. Serving eight communities in 800 square miles, Kirkegaard says he’s ready for a new challenge.

A superintendent for the past 17 years and a school principal for seven years before that, Kirkegaard’s standing philosophy is, “What’s best for kids.”

South Dakota and Wyoming might be neighbors, but there still are differences.

Kirkegaard fielded a wide variety of questions from the audience on such topics as teacher tenure, funding cuts, class size, student achievement, and bullying.

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