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11 The Burke (SD) Gazette, Wednesday, October 5, 2016 Kindergarten Enjoys Learning B About Cowboys & Cowgirls Jon Smikle and his horse"Okie" fen, Andrew Wiedeman, Trenton treated the Kindergarten class to Massa, Riley Stacy, Ike Mosterd, horse rides on Wednesday. Kinder- Dru Otten, Tegan Fox, Jakoby garten has been learning about cow- Schonebaum, Jack Schulte, Bo Du- boys and cowgirls during the first erfeldt, Jaxson Duerfeldt, Andy month of school. Simpson and Drake Wittmeier. On "Okie" also visited the first the horse: Lacey Lyon, Malorie grade. Jon's son, Dale, showed him Johnson, Logan Hanson and Raina for Show and Tell. Haier. Standing in front: Grace Stef- BLOOD DRIVE Continued from Page 10 you. To save time, donors can now fill out their Health History Question- naire online at www.unitedblood- services.o the day of their dona- tion. To donate blood, volunteers must,.be:at least 16 years old (16 & 17 year old donors need a minor donor permit which is available on- line) and be in good health. The Editor Dear Editor: There was a recent letter pub- lished in several District 21 news- papers in regards to the stance that Representative Lee Qualm has taken on the sales tax increase for teacher's pay. I think it is important that some of the things that were said be addressed and the record be set straight. I am not implying the writer was lying or misrepresenting the truth but feel that he, like many others, in this legislative district and the state aren't listening to what Lee and others have said and the reason- ing behind their no vote on the sales tax increase. For a time I was guilty of that same thing. I attended a cracker barrel in my home town of Springfield last year and rather than District 21 legislators being given a chance to express their positions on the sales tax issue it turned into a meeting that was geared towards personal attacks towards Lee and the fact he voted no. When he attempted to explain his position, which he has done with some of those folks since, he was shouted down because the crowd was focused on what the news saying about Lee and oth- ers being against raising teacher's pay. Not that. they felt the plan was wrong. What Lee was against was the Governor's plan on how to dis- tribute the raise in sales tax to fund teacher salary increases. Lee had done his homework, didn't rely on the message from the Governor's office or his party's leadership or just to go along with a yes vote as there were some very serious im- plications for this legislation. Our local school district was not able to provide our teachers with the much needed pay raises that they have earned and deserved because of the plan attached to the sales tax increase and the inequitable distri- bution of those funds. Lee took the position he did because the formula was severely flawed. I heard the reasoning and the target was to be able to raise teacher's salaries across the state by $10,000. The formula attached has not provided that relief in a lot of cases and in many school districts have seen quite the opposite. The message that Lee was trying to get across, that we refused to listen to, was that this plan was not going to do what the message said it was go- ing to do. I know there were many legislators that voted for it knowing it was a flawed plan but surmised it was better than nothing. Lee was not vigorously opposing teacher pay increases, what he was oppos- ing was the plan that was flawed that actually had an adverse effect on some of the school districts in his legislative district. He was looking out for our best interest and those of the teachers that selflessly work hard and educate our children. Shame on us for not listening or giving him the opportunity to present the whole Gunner Stephens, a Burke/SC 6th grader, is pictured above looking for a hole in the Andes Central/Dakota Chris- tian defense during the Middle School Jamboree held on Saturday in Burke. Five schools brought teams for the event including B/SC, Gregory, Colome, Lyman and Andes Central/Dakota Christian. The Burke/South Central Middle School hosted the 10th Annual B/SC Jamboree on Saturday, October 1st, at Tolstedt Field in Burke. Two divisions were held, the "A" division (made up of mainly 8 graders), and the "B" division (made up mainly of 6th & Th graders). Each game lasted 25 minutes and offered players the opportunity to enhance their football skills. The Burke Men's Association Matucha (33') was 2"d and Danielle was 3 in the boys 10-11 division; hosted the Annual Punt, Pass & Carlson (ll') was in the girls 8-9 Jasmine Klein (266'4) was 1 and Kick contest at Tolstedt Field fol- age division; Kol Otten (209'1) was Bridget Bartling (102'5) was 2d in lowing the Homecoming Parade on 1~', Breven Bolander (178'3) was the girls 12-13 age division; Taron Friday afternoon. Participants are 2"d and Jayder Schonebaum (136'8) Serr (265'10) was Is', Brogan Glov- pictured above, results are as fol- was 3~d in the boys 8-9 age division; er (239'4) was 2"d and Ben Witt lows: Kate Weborg (146'6) was 1 Olivia (236'4) was 3 in the boys 12-13 Jaxson-Hauck-Lindholm (102'8) Bull (127'6) was 2nd and Piper Han- age division. was 1st, Maddox Mayer (59'2) was son (89'3) was 3rd in the girls 10-11 Those who placed 1 are now 2"d and Jakoby Schonebaum (59') age division; Reed Benter (206'7) eligible to participate in a regional was 3'd in the boys 6-7 age division; was Ist, Dawson York (166'11) competition to be held in October. Avery Zeisler (50'5)was 1s', Kyrie was 2nd and Quinten Bull (163'6) -Gazette Photo story. I was among that group and during the current campaign have had several extensive and intense hung their hat on "I helped increase conversations with Lee to get him teacher's pay"? But have they re- to change his vote to yes. Fortu- ally? I seen the numbers and was nately for me Lee was patient with very pleased to see my alma mater, me until I was ready to listen to his Burke, reap some real benefits from position. The plan was flawed and this plan but my local district where Lee being a principled individual my kids went to school, received stood his ground and was not going above average educations and were to violate his own personal integ- taught by some the finest teachers in rity by voting for flawed legislation the state got the pickle. Bon Homme that wasn't going to do what it was has not been able to remain com- presented to do. As I have discussed petitive with neighboring school this matter with Lee I realized that districts. There are more than a few a yes vote on his part would have teachers living in the Bon Homme been a lie. It would have said that he School District who have started is willing to go along with the lead- teaching in Nebraska for a signifi- ership and sell the public a plan that cant larger salary. Some of these would not deliver what it promised, just left this past year even though How many legislators do you know the legislature promised them more adequate pay and they have not seen~.i :,-~ it. Lee also proposed looking at t other funding sources like our state reserves. We add to our reserves ev- ery year in this state. I find it ironic that for years a number of Demo- crats have been banging this drum to no avail but when a Republican goes against the grain to do the same thing we chastise him for it. What is wrong with this picture? Lee has told me and I have watched him tell others he has no intention of voting to repeal the sales tax increase. What he has said is there needs to be a plan put into place to make adjustments to the formula that doles out the money to Continued on Page 12