First? Nuts to that! I was just on Madison's school website and saw sponsor ads for Mustang Seeds and Ampride on the Maroon school newspaper site. Take that, Harrisburg! You may take away the Mundt Debate Tournament, but we beat you into school advertising!
Oh, but wait: we might be violating South Dakota Department of Education policy:
The Department of Education, which hosts Harrisburg's site and other South Dakota school district Web sites, has a policy that does not allow advertising of any kind.
...School districts across South Dakota connect to the state server as a cost saver, said Wade Pogany of the Department of Education. Pogany said he is not aware of a state list of school districts that advertise on their own private pages.
We have a specific policy that says sites can't solicitate for or have commercial advertising materials because it is hosted by the state," Pogany said [Dalton Walker, "Harrisburg School District Delves into Ads on Net," that Sioux Falls paper, 2010.02.08].
Walker's article isn't clear, largely because the MSM still doesn't know how to use hyperlinks effectively, but it appears Harrisburg plans to offer ads through its noisy Tiger Nation boosters website, which is not hosted on the K-12 server and thus not subject to DoE policy.
The Madison Maroon ads are on the k12.sd.us domain.
Superintendent Schaefer, I have Mr. Pogany on line one....