Election Day is April 10, 2018
The School Board will hold an Election, to fill two seats when the terms of Jenny Hefty and Darin Larson (both running for re-election) expire in July. The School District's annual Election will be held April 10, 2018 from 7:00 am until 7:00 pm in the elementary Gym.
We have three candidates vying for 2 available seats on the Baltic School District Board. In order for you to "meet the candidates", we have asked each person to provide us with their background information and why they would be a good choice in providing leadership for our school.
Darin Larson (Incumbent)
Darin Larson and his wife, Connie, live in rural Baltic and have two daughters, Madeline and Meredith, who attend 4th and 6th grades, respectively, at Baltic Elementary School. Darin farms in the Baltic and Crooks areas and is a producer of corn, soybeans, alfalfa and cattle. Connie is a federal prosecutor and former assistant attorney general for the state of South Dakota.
Darin grew up in rural Baltic on a family farm and graduated from Baltic High School in 1989. Darin is a graduate of Augustana University (Magna Cum Laude) with a degree in Government/International Affairs. Darin then attended the University of South Dakota School of Law and was a Sterling Honor Graduate. Darin was a law clerk for Justice Amundson of the South Dakota Supreme Court before working in law firms in Rapid City and Sioux Falls for ten years. Darin practiced business law, estate planning, and real estate transactions along with business and estate litigation. Darin returned to the family farm on a full-time basis in 2007.
Darin has served on the Baltic School Board since 2012 and appreciates the chance to continue the work of trying to improve our school each year for the sake of our children and the future of our community.
PO Box 309 High School (605) 529-5461
1 Bulldog Avenue Elementary (605) 529-5464
Baltic, SD 57003 Fax (605) 529-5443
BALTIC SCHOOL DISTRICT
I have been living in Baltic for the past ten years, and graduated from Baltic High School in 2013. I went on to earn an Associate’s Degree in Construction Management from Southeast Technical Institute. Continuing my education, I attended the University of Sioux Falls – where I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management. I currently teach Industrial Arts at Lincoln High School.
When I was a student at Baltic High School, I knew I was getting a solid education - one I could build a future on. Although, at the time, I didn’t fully realize the quality of education I was receiving. As I have gained life experience outside of Baltic, it has become very apparent how outstanding the Baltic School District is. So, I am running to ensure the school, that prepared me so well, stays the excellent school it is - and even improves!
My core values are: small class sizes, fiscal responsibility, and foresight.
Jenny Hefty (Incumbent)
Jenny Hefty is running for re-election to a 3 year Baltic School board position. She has helped the Board by first, being its only female, and by serving on committees including the PLEC representative, the school calendar committee and now the HS/MS principal hiring committee.
Jenny has also been very involved with the Music Boosters over the past 5 years. She believes that being an active parent, including attending many school events, has helped her keep a very keen awareness of the needs and climate of the school, it’s students and it’s teachers.
Jenny is a graduate of USD with a degree in Mass Communications with minors in political science and Spanish. She is originally from Sioux Falls but had been a Baltic resident for 18 years. Her husband, Brian, is a life long Baltic resident and Baltic graduate and she has 3 children that have attended Baltic since preschool. They are currently in HIgh school and middle school.
She is thankful for her past 3 years and looks forward to helping make the many big decisions that will face the Baltic School District in the very near future.