User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


32° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

KELOLAND.com | Sioux Falls News & Weather, South Dakota News & Weather, Minnesota and Iowa News

[0] My Saved Articles
Back to all news

Education

Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

Most Popular Today


Watertown Building New School, Creating Space For Students

August 21, 2014, 6:00 PM by Erich Schaffhauser

Watertown Building New School, Creating Space For Students
WATERTOWN, SD -

It's the first week of school in Watertown and the district is working on projects to create more space for students.

Elementary schools are full and projected enrollment continues to grow, administrators say.

There are 550 students, kindergarten through sixth grade, at Jefferson Elementary School in Watertown. According to Principal Laura Morrow, the school is using every space it can.

"We needed to displace our music class," Morrow said. "She does have a cart and she goes from classroom to classroom and sometimes when the lunchroom isn't being used for lunch."

Starting with this year's fifth grade class and down through the lower elementary, student numbers increase. Projected numbers show large class sizes as well when elementary schools are already full.

Part of the solution to that issue is a multimillion dollar project. The district is building an $18 million middle school. It should be ready for students by August of next year.

When middle school students move into their new building, contractors will convert the current middle school into an intermediate school which will house fifth and sixth grade.

Middle school principal Todd Brist says the new building is designed to be more accommodating to the age group of students it serves. It will also increase safety.

"Our classes and our educational philosophy will be in line with the physical environment that the kids are in," Brist said.

The projects will also free more space in schools across the district.

"We have 550 beautiful, beautiful children in our building. However, we are really busting at the seams," Morrow said.

According to district administrators, current classes in Watertown have about 300 students. Middle elementary grades have about 350. Projected enrolment numbers show grades reaching the 375 mark.
 

Previous Story

Next Story


Comments







 
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

View education

You may also like

Mines President Denies Role In Unlawful Lobbying

11/19/2014 7:41 AM

South Dakota School of Mines President Heather Wilson says she wasn't involved in any unlawful attempts to lobby federal officials on behalf of on...

Full Story
Dakota State University Sets Up Bat Houses

11/15/2014 4:30 PM

A work crew at Dakota State University has set up new bat houses on campus.

Full Story
Mark Twain Students Take Part In Reunification Drill

11/18/2014 5:40 PM

Some Sioux Falls students are ready for an emergency.  On Tuesday, 4th and 5th graders at Mark Twain Elementary School took part in a reunif...

Full Story | Watch
SD Joins National Distance Learning Initiative

11/16/2014 10:20 AM

South Dakota has joined a national distance learning initiative that will make more courses available to students across state lines.

Full Story
Artist Finishes Watercolor Of Mark Twain School

11/21/2014 7:37 PM

It's a year of transitions at Mark Twain Elementary.

Full Story


Events