I believe artificial lines on a map should not be the basis for an exemption from the reorganization requirement. Instead, I believe physical factors, such as distance from another secondary school, land area of the school district, and other geographic circumstances need to be the basis by which to consider an exemption to SDCL 13-6-97. Exemptions to SDCL 13-6-97 should be considered only when there are significant factors which limit the ability of a school district to reorganize with another school district. Again, those factors should be the basis for law, not arbitrary boundaries which are over 100 years old [Governor M. Michael Rounds, veto message to South Dakota Legislature, 2009.03.02].
The Governor concludes by saying "it is a harmful precedent to exempt a school district from the provisions of SDCL 13-6-97 based solely upon an arbitrary factor such as a county boundary."
Did you catch that? County boundaries are arbitrary, artificial, even outdated. I guess county governments shouldn't expect much support from Pierre. It's too bad House State Affairs spiked Representative Dreyer's proposal to consolidate South Dakota's counties: I would love to have gotten Governor Rounds's official opinion on that one.