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Frequently Asked Questions

How many students currently attend schools in South Dakota?

According to the Department of Education there were 123,940 students enrolled in public schools and 17,345 students enrolled in non-public schools during the 2004 – 2005 school year.

What is the average number of students per teacher in South Dakota?

During the 2003-2004 school year there was a student-to-staff ratio of 13.7 to 1.

What is the length of the largest pencil ever made?

In 2002 Faber-Castell a manufacture of pens and pencils made the largest pencil ever. The pencil has a length of 64.79 feet and a diameter of 2.6 feet.

What do the numbers mean on a pencil?

The number indicates the hardness of the pencil lead (graphite.) Most manufactures use a scale of 1 – 4. The number 1 indicates a soft pencil, 2 medium, 3 hard and 4 very hard.

What is the average cost to educate a child in South Dakota?

The average expenditure to educate each child in South Dakota during the 2003-2004 school year was $6,415.

How much paper can be made from a tree?

This is a hard question to answer because there are so many variables to consider. For example, the type and size of tree used to make the paper will make a difference. Also, the type of paper made whether it is newsprint or paper for your printer will alter the amount of raw material needed. With all variables considered, experts estimate that 1 tree can make about 8,333 sheets of copy paper.

How many South Dakota Public Broadcasting Stations are there?

South Dakota Public Broadcasting is
South Dakota's statewide public broadcasting network. SDPB is vital community resource producing and broadcasting high-quality, commercial-free programs and valuable community outreach projects that educate, enlighten and entertain.


Call Sign Frequency City of License Transmitter Site Air Date

KUSD 89.7 mHz Vermillion near Beresford October 1967
KESD 88.3 mHz Brookings near Hetland July 1967
KBHE-FM 89.3 mHz Rapid City Rapid City March 1984
KTSD-FM 91.1 mHz Reliance near Reliance February 1984
KDSD-FM 90.9 mHz Pierpont near Pierpont April 1984
KQSD-FM 91.9 mHz Lowry near Lowry June 1988
KPSD-FM 97.1 mHz Faith near Faith June 1989
KZSD-FM 102.5 mHz Martin near LongValley July 1991
KCSD 90.9 mHz Sioux Falls Sioux Falls July 1985


Call Sign Channel City of License Transmitter Site Air Date

KUSD-TV 2 Vermillion near Beresford July 1961
KBHE-TV 9 Rapid City Rapid City July 1961
KESD-TV 8 Brookings near Hetland February 1968
KTSD-TV 10 Pierre near Reliance August 1970
KDSD-TV 16 Aberdeen near Pierpont January 1972
KPSD-TV 13 Eagle Butte near Faith September 1973
KQSD-TV 11 Lowry near Lowry January, 1976
KZSD-TV 8 Martin near LongValley January 1978
KCSD-TV 23 Sioux Falls Sioux Falls June 1995

How many episodes of Dakota Pathways will be produced?

SDPB TV is planning on producing (20) fourteen-minute episodes.

How long can I legally use a Dakota Pathway show after I have taped it?

All of the Dakota Pathways episodes are produced by SDPB. You have unlimited educational rights to use these programs. So enjoy them for years. Note: Some of the shows we air are not produced by SDPB and only have rights for a year. Please email EdServices@sdpb.org  if you have questions about other shows.

When are the Dakota Pathways shows aired on SDPB?

Throughout the school year Dakota Pathways will air on Mondays and Fridays from 2:15pm – 2:30pm CT. Also, we air Dakota Pathways during the overnight schedule. The overnight schedule can be accessed on the Internet at http://www.sdpb.org/ , in our monthly SDPB Magazine, or in our weekly education newsletter. You can receive the SDPB Magazine by calling our Friends Office at (1-800-333-0789). If you are interested in receiving our weekly newsletter contact our office at EdServices@sdpb.org .

What age group is Dakota Pathways designed for?

Originally, the show was designed for South Dakota 4th graders; although, Dakota Pathways is enjoyed by people of all ages

What are the topics of upcoming Dakota Pathway shows?

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Rails and Other Roads

Transportation and movement



Stories from the Skies

Myths, stories, famous flyers



The Mighty ‘Mo

The Missouri River influence



East River, West River

Farmers and Ranchers and such



The First Hunters and Farmers

Early Indian life



Mining Booms and Busts

Mining in SD



Water and Dust

The droughts and floods of SD



History and Legend

Wild Bill and other tales



People of the Bison

Lakota, Dakota and Nakota peoples



Headlines and Bulletins

Newspapers, radio and television



Blackboards and Computers

Education history in SD



Maps and Borders

Changing borders in the state



Big Towns and Little Towns

Sioux Falls, Rapid City and others



Playing Games

Sports history of SD



Finding a National Voice

Famous politicians and such



On Vacation

Tourism in South Dakota


13:15 Est

The Home Front

At home during WWI & WWII etc


13:56 Est

Real Cowboys

Ranching history of SD


14:00 Est

Telling Stories

SD authors of fiction & non-fiction


14:00 Est

A Dark Day

Wounded Knee as history

Feel free to contact EdServices@sdpb.org if you have additional questions about any of our shows.

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