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Father petitions to stop consolidation of three Sioux Falls schools

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A Sioux Falls man has started a petition to influence the Sioux Falls School Board to vote against consolidating three elementary schools.

Jefferson, Longfellow and Mark Twain elementary schools could be consolidated into one school. The idea was proposed last week at the Sioux Falls School Board meeting. It could be decided on later this month, unless a recent petition halts the motion.

David Andersen, the father of a Mark Twain student, started the petition on change.org. It is a letter directed to Sioux Falls School Board President Douglas Morrison. The letter states Jefferson, Longfellow and Mark Twain are assets to their communities and they're small sizes promote more involvement and better student performance.

"In addition, smaller schools allow faculty and staff to rely more on personal relationships and less on rigid rules when they know students well. As the student body size increases this becomes harder to do," the letter states.

The letter also stated that consolidating the three schools would hurt a thriving downtown Sioux Falls.

As of 2 pm Tuesday, the petition showed to have 87 supporters, 50 of which signed over the weekend.

Click here to read the entire petition.

 

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