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Sioux Falls weighs consolidating three elementary schools

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The superintendent of the Sioux Falls School District is proposing to consolidate three central elementary schools because of declining enrollment and aging buildings.

On Monday, Superintendent Pam Homan proposed consolidating Longfellow and Jefferson schools with Mark Twain. Through the plan, a new, larger school would be built right next to Mark Twain--- swapping what is now the playground with what would be the new school.

The proposal estimates the new two-story school would cost $10 million--- modeled after the Terry Redlin Elementary School project.

DeeAnn Konrad, Community Relations Supervisor for the Sioux Falls School District, said the issue is not that there are not enough students to educate. Konrad said the district has grown by 500 students per year for the last three years and it is a matter of where students are living and where they can go to school.

Konrad said the board is not acting on the proposal immediately and it will have plenty of public input. She said Monday's proposal is a look at possible alternatives for a long-term plan.

Konrad said, through the plan, it would be another five to seven years before anything would be started.

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