The Sioux Falls School District asked for your input about facility needs for the future and the community responded! Nearly 3,700 residents (3.686) answered questions via an online survey about their satisfaction with Sioux Falls Public Schools and the proposal to issue up to $190 Million in bonds to accommodate growing enrollments.

A good cross-section of the community responded to the 17-questions asked by The Donovan Group, a Wisconsin-based community engagement firm who orchestrated the survey and presented the results to school board members at their work session on Wednesday, June 27, 2018.

Here are some of the highlights:

I believe the district's most urgent facility needs must be addressed now.

  • Strongly agree 70.4%
  • Agree 24.6%
  • Disagree 3.2%
  • Strongly disagree 1.8%

I would vote “yes” on a referendum question if I felt it was the correct solution to address the district’s facility needs related to enrollment growth.

  • Strongly agree 62.3%
  • Agree 32.0%
  • Disagree 3.3%
  • Strongly disagree 2.4%

I would support the recommendations as outlined by the task force, assuming a cost of $2 per month or $24 per year on the average home in Sioux Falls ($185,000 taxable valuation).

  • Strongly agree 58.2%
  • Agree 30.6%
  • Disagree 6.7%
  • Strongly disagree 4.4%

Do you support building a high school on the land donated by Sanford Health?

  • Yes, build on the land donated by Sanford Health 62.1%
  • The Sanford Health land is not my first choice, but I support the overall facility solution, as proposed by the task force 28.4%
  • No. Choose another location in the northwest quadrant 9.5%

The written report provided by The Donovan Group can be found here. All other materials relating to the facilities discussions can be found under the Facilities Planning icon on the left-hand side of the page.

Next Steps:

The Board will formally set the bond amount at its regularly scheduled board meeting on Monday, July 23, 2018. An election will be held on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 and needs 60% in favor to pass.