Sioux Falls school task force proposes three new schools

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KSFY) - The Sioux Falls School District may add three new schools soon. But, only if the school board and voters agree to a $190 million referendum; that would end up costing taxpayers, on average, an extra $24 a year. And homeowners with a home priced at $185,000 will see an additional $2 a month.

The Sioux Falls School District has added 8,000 students over the last ten years.

Schools are already crowded, and future growth will cause problems if new schools aren't built.

The 30 member task force is trying to solve extreme overcrowding before it happens.

Veron Brown, Sioux Falls Public School District facilities task force co-chair, says that overcrowding is showing up on the west side of town.

"The high school we recommend go into the northwest part of the city," he said. "The middle school would go on the southeast corner of the city, largely because there is no middle school in that part of the city."

There is not a specific location for the proposed elementary school, though it's hoped it would be built by 2024.

The proposed high school will cost $84.7 million, the middle school will cost $43.1 million, and the elementary school will cost $17.6 million. Which totals to $144 million, a significant amount and school superintendent Dr. Brian Maher said he knows it will take awhile for the district to pay that bill.

"If the board goes with the recommendation of the task force it would be a 25-year bond," he said.

The Sioux Falls school board will vote on the task force's recommendation on June 11th.

Residents will be able to voice their own opinions with a survey from June 11th through the 24th at this website: http://www.sf.k12.sd.us/our-district/vision-and-mission/facilities-planning/question-corner.

If all goes according to plan, according to Dr. Maher, the proposed bond will go to a public vote in September.