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Proposed boundary changes to Sioux Falls School District

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The Sioux Falls School District is proposing a list of changes to accommodate the city's tremendous growth but not everyone would be impacted.

The boundaries for Sioux Falls high schools would stay the same.

For middle schools there will be no impact on kids currently enrolled at Whittier, Patrick Henry and Memorial.

Axtell Middle School is closing -- so those living west of Minn. Ave. would go to McGovern and students who live on the west side of the Interstate and those who are currently bussed to Edison will go to McGovern.

The district's plan would mean delaying a new elementary school slated for 2016 and building additions onto Pettigrew and Discovery Elementary Schools.

Longfellow and Mark Twain students would go to Susan B. Anthony.

Jefferson would be divided between Garfield and Laura Wilder. 

All Horace Mann students would go to Rosa Parks and the Challenge Center would be housed under one roof at Robert Frost.

With change, comes opposition. And with the proposed boundary changes, there will no doubt be some unhappy parents.

We spoke to one parent who took matters into her own hands to make sure her neighborhood wasn't affected by the proposed changes.

"Right now we feel great. We're excited and we feel like we were heard through some e-mails that we had sent before this meeting,"said Christine Erickson, concerned parent.

Christine Erickson has children that will eventually go to Memorial Middle School. When Erickson heard of the proposed boundary changes, she immediately took action and joined forces with her neighbors.

"So as a neighborhood, our core neighborhood -- probably a good 100 houses or so -- decided to ban together to try to make sure that our children's interests were going to be taken into account," said Erickson. 

So as to not bombard the school board with e-mails, Erickson has been sending e-mails from one centralized e-mail account for the group expressing their concerns to the school board.

Superintendent Dr. Pam Homan says she expects to hear from parents about the boundary changes.

She says these plans are not final in any way and that parents do have a voice in the proposed changes.

"In the center we certainly should be hearing from some parents because their address is assigned to a different school and that matters. It matters to us," said Dr. Homan.

Dr. Homan says pressure needs to be taken off of Edison Middle School and more space made into that building.

"The hard thing with making these decisions with boundaries is we all love the school we attend. Nobody wants to change and I understand that," said Erickson.

Parents can make their voices heard at upcoming meetings beginning next Tuesday evening at Patrick Henry at 7 and at each of the middle schools.


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