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Sioux Falls school board gives Spanish immersion program a new home

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Much of the focus from this week's Sioux Falls school board meeting is on the closing of three elementary schools.

But, there is another school that has some parents' attention.

School board president Doug Morrison tells us the elementary Spanish immersion program is very popular.

In fact it's grown so big, it needs a new home.

The district voted unanimously to move the program from two schools, Rosa Parks and Robert Frost, to its own campus.

Shannon Graber, vice-president of Parent Advocates for Spanish Immersion, said finding a new home for the program was a necessity.

"We had to move someplace and where we would move, that was the issue. we off course were saying we need someplace and where that someplace is, was now just decided," Graber said.

School board president Doug Morrison said the Spanish immersion project became more popular than the school district imagined it to be.

"To the point where this year the only way to accommodate it was to put it in two different schools from a space perspective. But we know down the road that's not a good long term solution. and that's why we elected to put them under one roof," Morrison said.

Morrison said the decisions are to make the school district more efficient.

"For efficiency sake, it's going to be better than having them split between two schools. with two schools you need two administrators. You need double the resources from a library standpoint and so it's just inefficient," Morrison said.

Graber said one side effect of the new northwest school is a loss for some and a gain for others.

"Because it was done here, these families became very interested and signed up but these didn't. so now I'm thinking it's going to be a lot of families from this side that didn't sign up over here. So I think we will lose some families in the northeast but gain some in the northwest," Graber said.

The new northwest school has yet to be named.

The district says it will take input from parents and people in the community to come up with a name.

The new school is scheduled to welcome students in the fall of 2016.

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