School Board Candidates On District Growing Pains

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Rapid growth is one of the strengths of Sioux Falls.  But a rising population also presents challenges including how to manage the influx of more and more students.   Four candidates are running for one open slot on the Sioux Falls school board.  We asked each candidate if they support building a fourth public high school to handle future growing pains.

“I think not only at high school, but at elementary and middle school stages just based off the sizes and the schools, it’s definitely going to be a key piece, a key challenge for our district,” Randy Dobberpuhl said.

“Absolutely.  Our population is growing.  We see an increase in our elementary schools, we have yet to really see an increase in our middle school and high schools, so we really need to be proactive about it,” Dimitrios Gliarmis said.

“It’s probably going to occur down the road, but I would like to look at what we currently have as resources and buildings and maybe use them more creatively, meaning can we look at zero-hour classrooms starting before the normal class period for some students,” Cynthia Mickelson said.

“We have to look at our space, money and the growth of the community as it will be in the future.  If we do, we need to make sure we do a very cost-effective building,” Carol Robinson said.

The Sioux Falls School District has seen a steady increase in enrollment over the past decade with an additional 381 students enrolled over last year.

These four candidates are running for one open seat on the school board.  The election will be held on June 6; vote centers are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.


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