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Susan B. Anthony Elementary Construction Underway

April 15, 2014, 5:00 PM by Don Jorgensen

Susan B. Anthony Elementary Construction Underway

Construction on the new Susan B. Anthony elementary school in Sioux Falls is underway.  But some parents are concerned about student safety with all the heavy equipment in the area.  The school district is asking students, parents and construction workers to make some adjustments while the school is being built.

A wire fence is all that separates Mark Twain Elementary students and construction workers at the site of the new Susan B. Anthony school.

"I think if they are going to do a project like this, they probably looked at safety measures, as I'm aware of to make sure all the kids are going to be taken care of and there's no issues like that whatsoever," parent Ryan Schiebout said.

The district says construction on the new $11 million school is on schedule, but it's had to ask students, parents and construction workers to make some adjustments to keep everyone safe.

Parents are asked to pickup and drop off kids on the east side of the school to avoid heavy equipment on the west side.

Plus, students have to play on the black top during recess.

"I have a boy.  They would typically play on the grass, which they can't do anymore, so they have to play football on the black top.  It's fine," parent Kathy Renker said.

The district has also worked with the contractors and asked them not to work during the two busiest times of the day: when students arrive and are dismissed.

"Even when I drive up after school, there's not a whole lot of activity going on in the area that they have blocked off over there," Schiebout said.

So until school is out for summer, the golden rule for the remainder of the year will be to just deal with it. 

"Safety issues, I'm not terribly concerned about, just because we have a good staff, great kids who go to Mark Twain," Renker said.

Completion of the new school is set for the summer of next year.

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