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.


20° 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!

 

SF School Board Approves Elementary Closures

November 26, 2012, 9:26 PM by Kelly Bartnick

SF School Board Approves Elementary Closures
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

The Sioux Falls School Board has given a school consolidation and closure plan for three central schools the green light. Longfellow, Mark Twain, and Jefferson will be closed. The district will also build a new multi-million dollar elementary school on the Mark Twain site. It will be bigger, and physically better than the aging historic neighborhood facilities.

The school board devoted time for those for and against the plan before Monday’s decision.

“In Sioux Falls, how do we identify ourselves?” neighbor Vernon Brown asked. “[we go by] the nearest park and the nearest elementary school. That is important to our community.” Brown argued the district should find a use for the Longfellow Elementary building before they vote to close it.

“It means that in a district that prides itself on education opportunity and choices, we're eliminating a significant choice: the small school,” parent David Anderson said.

The board approved the plan by a vote of four to one. Board Member Kate Parker's children attend Longfellow. She voted against the closure, saying poorer students who attend the school could get lost in the crowd at a bigger building. 

“I was not elected to rubber stamp each proposal made by the administration. I have asked questions and done research to make sure my decision would be unbiased,” Parker said, “I'm concerned about education the 150 English Language Learner students at Longfellow. I'm concerned about educating the 78 percent on free and reduced lunch at Longfellow."

“There's several people I've talked to that have been very supportive of a new school in the inner core of our city and are thankful for that,” School Board Vice President Julie Westra said.  She voted in favor of the plan.

The district says a new multi-million dollar building will save money, and that bigger doesn't mean less student-teacher time. The new building is estimated to save the district more than $800,000 annually. It is scheduled to open for the 2015 school year.

This article has been revised to reflect the following correction:
Parent David Anderson's first name was corrected.

Previous Story

Next Story


Comments







Sponsored
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

View education

You may also like

Milbank High School Wins $100,000 Grant

12/13/2014 3:00 PM

Another South Dakota school is celebrating today because they’ve won a $100,000 grant from State Farm’s Celebrate My Drive.

Full Story
Grab and Go Cart Offers Healthy And Affordable Options

12/15/2014 7:14 AM

"Washington is full of people who may not be able to afford a breakfast every morning, so this offers a cheap, good, well-balanced breakfast for ...

Full Story | Watch
School Of Mines Grad To Work At Mission Control

12/13/2014 10:10 AM

A graduating South Dakota School of Mines and Technology student has landed a job in a room that any space buff will quickly recognize.

Full Story
Open Meeting For Input On New Superintendent In Sioux Falls

12/15/2014 4:21 PM

The Sioux Falls school district wants your help choosing the next superintendent.

Full Story
Regents CEO Part Of Meeting With US Education Secretary

12/15/2014 9:29 AM

South Dakota Board of Regents Executive Director and CEO Jack Warner is traveling to Washington, D.C., this week to meet with federal Education Secret...

Full Story


Events