It was a moment of excitement for Meade County School District Superintendent, Don Kirkegaard, as he learned of the next chapter in his career.
It was announced Monday that Governor Dennis Daugaard appointed Kirkegaard to be the next South Dakota Secretary of Education.
Kirkegaard has more than 30 years of experience with K through 12 education, working in both administrative and teaching positions.
His new position takes effect on January 1st of next year, and he's more than excited for the challenge.
Kirkegaard says, "It's an exciting change. I've been doing the same thing in grade schools for quite some time. Even though each day is a little bit different, this truly will be a major change for me and what I've done in the past. I'm looking forward to that. It's always fun to try something different and see how it works. So I feel really good about the people I'm going to be working with."
Kirkegaard succeeds Dr. Melody Schopp - who is retiring December 15th of this year. Mary Stadick Smith will serve as acting secretary until Kirkegaard begins next year.