As the curtain falls on the 2013 Legislative session, Rapid City school board members counted the financial gains Rapid City Area Schools expect to reap once Gov. Dennis Daugaard puts ink to paper.
"Everything kind of came together for us," Superintendent Tim Mitchell told the school board when it met Thursday.
First and foremost is a three percent increase in education funding and a one percent boost from onetime money. Mitchell reminded the board, however, that the funding is not a certainty until the governor signs the bill into law.
"We're keeping our fingers crossed," Mitchell quipped.
Western Dakota Technical Institute President Mark Wilson said the news from Pierre was good for his school, as well. Legislative approval for $18.5 million in bonding authority permits the school to move ahead with plans to remodel the Mickelson campus.
"This is a great opportunity," Wilson said.
The school has plans for a residence hall, and building a state-of-the art science laboratory will allow the school to expand its medical programs, he said. And with the passage of Senate Bill 5, the state's four technical schools will have a voice on the State Board of Education for the first time.
"We wanted equality for the tech schools," Wilson said.