Last spring, Governor Kristi Noem replaced experienced educator and former legislator Jacqueline Sly with dentist and conservative toady Richard Meyer on the Board of Education Standards. Meyer’s appointment happened after the 2022 Session, so yesterday the Senate finally got around to considering this executive appointment.
And surprisingly, the Senate heard opposition to Kamp “Rich” Meyer’s appointment from Meyer’s and Sly’s neighbor, Senator David Johnson (R-33/Hisega). After the standard encomium from Senator Kyle Schoenfish (R-19/Scotland), Senator Johnson rose (SDPB video timestamp 29:36) on behalf of educators in District 33 and urged rejection or Meyer’s appointment:
…I was in attendance at the committee on Education when Mr. Kamp “Rich” Meyer was brought up, and there was some opposition from teachers in my area related to the fact that his background in education was lacking. So for that reason I… would ask for the Senate floor to reject this nomination [Senator David Johnson, remarks in opposition to appointment of Kamp “Rich” Meyer to the Board of Education Standards, Senate floor, 2023.02.22].
With that fart in the perfume shop, the Senate voted 32–3 to consent to Meyer’s appointment. Two Republican Senators joined Johnson in advising that Meyer was a bad choice for job: Tim Reed (R-7/Brookings) and Michael Rohl (R-1/Aberdeen). The four Democrats in the chamber acceded to the Governor’s ideological stacking of the Board of Education Standards.