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Man starts petition to stop proposed school consolidation

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After the Sioux Falls School District's proposal to consolidate three of its elementary schools, one man is trying to stop it.

Last Wednesday, superintendent Homan recommended a consolidation of three of its elementary schools closing Jefferson, Longfellow and Mark Twain, in order to re-build one big school on the Mark Twain site.

David Andersen lives near Mark Twain with a daughter in kindergarten. When he heard about the proposal to consolidate three schools, he wasn't fond of the idea.  

"They're all in good shape, they need improvements but they're not going to fall down," David Andersen said.

He started a petition at www.change.org where the public can log on and show support simply by signing it.

"I think we need to get the board's attention. We need them to vote against the consolidation, at least for now. I think we need to talk about it more," Andersen said.

He feels the process is moving too fast without enough input from the public, not to mention, he doesn't want to see the school get too big too quickly.

"I've only been here for a year but I think it's a pretty tight knit community and the school is a big part of that, part of the epicenter of that," Andersen said.

He says the small school community is what sets the neighborhood apart from the rest of Sioux Falls and, like others, he doesn't want that to go away.

"I think it's vital to the community and neighborhoods and our children's education. Anyone is free to move if they feel a larger school will be better for their kids," Andersen said.

Members of the school board say its because of recent budget cuts the district is forced to consider consolidation to save nearly $800,000 each year.

Other reasons include low enrollment and necessary renovations to each building.

The board is set to vote on the issue November 26th.

View the petition and the conversation by clicking on the following link: http://www.change.org/petitions/sioux-falls-school-board-administration-vote-against-the-consolidation-of-jefferson-longfellow-and-mark-twain

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