By Dr. Brian Maher, Superintendent
May 2019

How quickly a year flys by! It is hard to believe yet another school year is wrapping up and that it has been a year since a task force of 30 Sioux Falls taxpayers outlined a construction plan for the future of Sioux Falls Public Schools!

The summer months are traditionally a busy time for maintenance and construction work in schools. With students and staff on summer break, custodial crews and contractors have the freedom to complete their work without noise and construction dust impacting learning. This summer, however, things are being “throttled up” even more than normal!

Dirt work, footings, and foundation structures are on the “to do” list for two new schools that were overwhelmingly approved by voters in the $190 Million bond election last September. Thomas Jefferson High School will begin taking shape in the northwest corner of Sioux Falls, not far from the Career and Technical Education Academy near Madison St. & I-29. On the other side of town, similar work will begin on Ben Reifel Middle School, just east of Highway 11 and north of 41st Street. Both schools are set to open in the Fall of 2021.

These two flagship projects define the exciting growth that continues in Sioux Falls and the commitment of residents who believe in providing a high-quality education for all students. Another large project taking place this summer and scheduled to be ready by fall will increase space for the popular music program at Memorial Middle School.

Support of the bond also puts a new elementary school on the docket for 2024 and it makes improvements to 13 other existing buildings; including finalizing our work on entrance redesigns at two schools for improved safety and security and adding classrooms, gym space, and music and art rooms at several elementary schools.

This work would not be possible without the support of our community. As your superintendent, I am grateful to know that Sioux Falls appreciates the value of investing in children. Progressive decisions that support public education result in a more productive workforce and a more welcoming community for all.

 

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