SIOUX FALLS, S.D. | A plan for several rural South Dakota school districts to share staff and hold more classes online will proceed more slowly than some had hoped.

Platte-Geddes Superintendent Dennis Goodwin had proposed that his school district and those nearby join forces with shared teachers and a single superintendent to save money. The Legislature passed a law that would save small school districts from forced consolidation if they agreed to such an agreement.

The Platte-Geddes, Wessington Springs, Armour and South Central school districts have agreed to pursue sharing more teachers next year, aided by technology that allows teachers to teach in two towns at once. But the small school districts will keep their own CEOs for now.

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