Wayne Carney

Lee Strubinger

In The Moment ... May 18, 2017 Show 96 Hour 1

South Dakota Public Broadcasting

The Executive Director of the South Dakota High School Activities Association is retiring at the end of the next school year.  Wayne Carney has been with the association since 2001, after a coaching career in three state school districts.  One of the most contentious issues in his time as executive director was the switching of the girls volleyball and basketball seasons.  At one time, girls played basketball at the start of the school year, with volleyball going on in the winter months.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Lawmakers meet in Pierre Friday to study the South Dakota High School Activities Association. The committee agenda includes a full day exploring elements of the state system and how other places handle rules for statewide athletic and arts events.

Eleven state lawmakers sit on the South Dakota High School Activities Association Interim Committee. They’re tasked with learning what the organization does and who oversees its operation and policy.

The South Dakota High School Activities Association is under public scrutiny over information revealed at last weeks meeting and lawmakers want to understand why. Activities Association Executive Director Wayne Carney took questions about open records, the budget, and scheduling state championships.

Republican State Senator Al Novstrup says he's pleased with the meeting with high school Activity Association staff. He says it was important to sit down together and gather information.