Policies and Regulations NEPN Code: FEE

Facilities Planning and Development

Site Acquisition
The School Board believes that site selection and development should start from the premise that the school is an integral and inseparable part of the total community. Since the school is a community institution, it should reflect this relationship physically as well as ideologically.

The manner and extent to which a site serves the Sioux Falls School District’s educational needs should be considered as only one aspect of its adequacy. Its adequacy should also be appraised in respect to its potential for contributing to the scope and depth of many other cultural functions in the community.

The processes of selection concern the entire administrative and supervisory staff and others with special skills and insights. The Superintendent is instructed to establish such criteria and procedures as are necessary to assure the citizens and Board that the best possible sites are being acquired for the least expenditure of public funds.

Site Selection
The following steps shall represent the general procedure to be followed in site selection and acquisition:

School Site Study
The administrative staff shall select a potential site and alternate sites after consideration of:

  1. The administrative organization of the school (elementary, middle, high, post secondary, or other);
  2. The location of student populations;
  3. The existence of parks, recreation centers, streets, highways;
  4. The location of industry, traffic, ambient acoustics and other potential deterrents;
  5. The location of natural business;
  6. The topography and soil conditions; wet lands/waters of the US evaluation.
  7. Access to site utilities; sewer, water, storm sewer, electricity, gas and phone.
  8. Proximity to public transportation.
  9. Safety (vehicle and pedestrian safe routes to school)
  10. The consideration of the overall school building program (future schools) and City planning projections;
  11. The cost of acquisition; and overall site development costs relating to site.
  12. The zoning regulations and possible changes in nature of nearby residences. (If more than one site is under consideration, gross appraisals on each site will be obtained by a competent authority.)

City Planning Analysis
The school site study shall be coordinated with city planners for review and analysis. Coordination at this time shall be effective with the Parks Department, Public Works and such other agencies as might be involved.

The Board shall be constantly apprised of unusual problems that develop during the selection procedure.

Action by the School Board
After study and concurrence by school personnel, city planners, the Parks Department, and Publics Works, a site recommendation accompanied by all pertinent data shall be submitted to the Board for approval.


Legal Reference:
Ch. 13-24 School Grounds and Buildings


Policy   Board Action (formerly 7220, 7221a, and 7221b)
Adopted: 05-28-68    
Amended: 06-14-76    
Amended: 08-12-02 33307  
Reviewed: 04-13-09 35348  
Amended: 10-14-13 36739  
Amended: 12-10-18 38195