District Information


Central Administration:  200 9th St NE 605-882-6312 
Dr. Jeff Danielsen, Superintendent of Schools 605-882-6312
Mr. Darrell Stacey, Assistant Superintendent 605-882-6312
Jennifer Heggelund, Director of Special Services 605-882-6399 
Rick Hohn, Business Manager 605-882-6314 
Heidi Clausen, Assistant Business Manager605-882-6314
Other District Supervisors  
Deb Fredrickson, Director of Computer Services 605-882-6356 
Steve Moore, Athletic Director 605-882-6328 
Scott Wahl, Central Food Services Director 605-882-6325 
Tim Steichen, Bus Transportation Supervisor 605-882-6335 
School Board Members  
Tom Linngren, Member 605-520-0464
Scott Hardie, Member 605-881-0692
Tammy Rieber, Vice President 605-818-4792
Stephanie Lenards, Member 605-868-1578
Stuart Stein, President 605-881-3361

Board meetings are held on the second Monday of each month at 5:30 pm at the City Hall. Meetings
are aired live on Channel 2, Government Access Channel, Midcontinent Communications; Channel 3,
McLeod USA Cable.

Employees K-12

Administration3Teacher Assistants12
Principals7 + 4 Asst.Food Service36
Athletic Director1Paraprofessionals104
Special Education24Custodial32
Nurses5Behavioral Special/Psychologist3
Technology Staff8Occupational Therapist/Assistant3
Counselors10Family/School Coordinator1
Librarians/Library Aides9  

 K-12 Grading Policy

  • In grade levels K-2, the grading notation shall be E (excellent), S+, S (satisfactory), S-, and
    N (needs improvement).
  • In Grades 3-12, the grading notation shall be based on letter grades of A, B, C, D, F
    and I (incomplete) based on the percentage scale noted below:
  • Percentile Scale:
    • 100-92 = A
    • 91-84 = B
    • 83-76 = C
    • 75-68 = D
    • 67-0 = F
  • Bonus Point System:  For AP courses at the high school level bonus points are awarded to
    grade marks earned in AP courses.  These points are added onto a student's regular cumulative
    grade point average (GPA).
  • Bonus points are as follows:  A=0.021 B=0.011 C=0.006


ACT Scores

English21.121.8 21.5 21.0 21.6    
Math20.821.2 21.2 21.4 21.7    
Reading22.122.1 22.4 22.1 23.1    
Science22.022.1 22.5 22.0 22.8    
Composite21.621.9 22.0 21.8 22.4    
State Composite21.821.8 21.8 21.9 21.9    
National Composite21.021.1 21.1 20.9 21.0    

The following courses will be required for graduation at Watertown High School

English / Language Arts4.
Speech.  .5.5.5
Social Studies3.
Computer Science. .5.5.5
Fine Arts.
Economics or Personal Finance   .
Physical Education with Health .5.5.5 .5.5.5
SD Other Requirements    1.0


Career Technical       
World Lang, or       
Elective Courses9.

Health (grades 6-8)





Northeast Technical High School


Located northeast of Watertown High School at 1311 Third Avenue NE, NETHS offers career and technical courses in the following areas:

  • Agriculture

  • Biomedical

  • Cabinetmaking

  • Careers Exploration

  • Computer Assisted Drafting (CAD)

  • Culinary Arts

  • Electronics (includes computer technician A+ training)

  • Engineering Pathway

  • Exploratory Program

  • Health Science

  • Human Services

  • Machine Technology

  • Residential Construction

  • Transportation

  • Visual Communications

  • Welding

NETHS also provides coordination for internship activities.

NETHS is a cooperative effort of the Castlewood, Florence, Grant-Deuel, Great Plains Lutheran, Hamlin, Henry,  Summit, Watertown, and Waverly-South Shore school districts.

NETHS students annually earn awards at the Skills USA VICA contests for career leadership skills.

Lake Area Technical Institute

LATI Website

Lake Area Technical Institute is a nationally recognized two-year technical college located just east of the Watertown High School campus.  The faculty and staff at Lake Area Tech work closely with area/regional industries to offer students training in high-demand technical careers.


  • Established in 1965
  • 29 programs of study
  • Public Institution
  • 98% post-graduate employment
  • Associate of Applied Science Degrees
  • 16:1 student / teacher ratio
  • Approximately 1800 students
  • 40 acre campus
  • 87% in training related field
  • Accept college transfer credits
  • 89% of student population receive financial aid
  • 75% of students work part-time while attending Lake Area Tech
  • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Lake Area Technical Institute recently completed the construction of the 70,000 square-foot Agriculture and Environmental Center, which houses the Agriculture, Heavy Equipment Operator, Environmental Technology, and CAT ThinkBig programs.  The new complex was the fourth and final building phase of the Excellence by Design Campaign.

Lake Area Tech is located at 1201 Arrow Ave., Watertown, SD.  Visit Lake Area Technical Institute on the web at http://www.lakeareatech.edu