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.
Tuesday, December 3 2013 10:48 PM EST2013-12-04 03:48:06 GMT
Canton residents have voted down a proposal to build a new aquatic center. The city required 60% of voters to approve the bond to pass; only 50.9 voted yes. Canton financial officer Kyle Cwach said 412 votedMore >>
Canton residents have voted down a proposal to build a new aquatic center.More >>
Friday, December 6 2013 11:29 PM EST2013-12-07 04:29:51 GMT
With the Salvation Army Warming Center's doors not open yet, the Sioux Falls Police Officers have seen an increase of homeless people out on the streets in the below zero temperatures. KSFY's Tess HedrickMore >>
With the Salvation Army Warming Center's doors not open yet, the Sioux Falls Police Officers have seen an increase of homeless people out on the streets in the below zero temperatures. KSFY's Tess Hedrick took rode along with a Sioux Falls Police Officer Friday evening.More >>
Friday, December 6 2013 11:19 PM EST2013-12-07 04:19:35 GMT
HURON, S.D. (AP) - Governor Dennis Daugaard has announced the formation of a task force to find a balance between modern agricultural practices and wildlife-oriented land conservation. Daugaard madeMore >>
He's concerned about the declining pheasant population and its statewide impact.More >>
Friday, December 6 2013 11:08 PM EST2013-12-07 04:08:17 GMT
The Sioux Falls Police Department is asking for the public's assistance in locating a missing person that is memory impaired. The missing person is Leroy Harold ‘Bud' Anderson. He is a white male, 75More >>
The missing person is Leroy Harold ‘Bud' Anderson. He is a white male, 75 years old, 5' 10" tall 180 pounds, white hair, balding on top.More >>
Friday, December 6 2013 11:00 PM EST2013-12-07 04:00:52 GMT
LUCAN, Minn. (AP) - The names of the two children killed in a farmhouse fire in southwestern Minnesota this week have been released. The family identifies the victims as 7-year-old Hazel and 4-year-oldMore >>
The two were unaccounted for after the fire Wednesday. One of the children's bodies was found Wednesday, the other a day later.More >>
Friday, December 6 2013 7:27 PM EST2013-12-07 00:27:18 GMT
Every year the streets of downtown Dell Rapids fill up to welcome the holidays with open arms. But the recent blast of arctic air has forced organizers of Christmas at the Dells to make some changes. "IMore >>
Cold weather cancels outdoor portion of Christmas at the Dells annual holiday event.More >>
Friday, December 6 2013 6:47 PM EST2013-12-06 23:47:21 GMT
WCCO -- A family is western Minnesota is dealing with a tragic loss. Two of their children were unaccounted for after a fire started in their home Wednesday. The bodies of those children were found WednesdayMore >>
A family is western Minnesota is dealing with a tragic loss. Two of their children were lost in a devastating house fire Wednesday. More >>
Friday, December 6 2013 6:10 PM EST2013-12-06 23:10:35 GMT
The fate of South Dakota's minimum wage rests in the hands of voters, Secretary of State Jason Gant announced Friday. After passing the petition certification process, the issue is now known as InitiatedMore >>
The fate of South Dakota's minimum wage rests in the hands of voters, Secretary of State Jason Gant announced Friday.More >>