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New faces on activities association board

Hutchinson Herald of Menno, South Dakota

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The new superintendent in Sioux Falls likely will be the newest member of the South Dakota High School Activities Association board of directors.

Brian Maher's was the only nomination to come from the floor during a special nominating meeting Thursday. Maher will fill a newly created position on the board. SDHSAA member schools recently approved a plan to create a new place on the board for a representative from South Dakota's largest school districts — Sioux Falls and Rapid City.

The addition of Maher will bring the board's size to nine. There were already plenty of new faces at Thursday's meeting. Three of the members were at their first regular board meeting.

Elected to the board were school board member David Planteen of Langford Area, representing small schools, and East River at-large member Moe Ruesink, of Sioux Valley in Volga.

Also joining the board was Bud Postma of Madison, who was nominated to fill the unexpired term of Dan Whalen of Pierre who retired. Postma will serve three years. Planteen and Ruesink have five-year terms.

At Thursday's regular meeting, chairman Jason Uttermark of Aberdeen made some changes to the site selection committee. The committee chooses the venues for the state tournaments run by SDHSAA.

Uttermark reappointed board members Linday Whitney of Sanborn Central and Roger Bordeaux of Tiospa Zina Tribal School. He also appointed Steve Morford of Spearfish.

The site selection committee is also made up of the athletic directors from the five communities that host the most SDHSAA events. Re-appointed to the committee were Mark Meile of Sioux Falls, Darren Paulson of Rapid City, Gene Brownell of Aberdeen and Randy Marso of Brandon Valley.

Terry Rotert of Huron was replaced on the committee by Steve Moore of Watertown because Watertown is hosting more events this year.

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Original Publication Date: September 10, 2015

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