Education

Sioux Falls School Bond Gets Support From Local Businesses

Sioux Falls, S.D. - Some big names in Sioux Falls are stepping up to throw their support behind adding new schools in the city. 

In the last 25 years, the school district has grown by 9,000 students.That number alone would make it the third largest district in the state.

On Tuesday, local business leaders came forward to show their support for a Yes vote in the upcoming school bond issue.

At the press conference they started with a look back. Vernon Brown with the "Vote Yes For Schools" campaign pointed out Washington and Roosevelt High Schools were built more than 20 years ago.

"It's hard to imagine our city today without those schools. Now it's our generation's turn to set the table for the next big growth for Sioux Falls with a new high school, a new middle school, and a new elementary," said Brown.

Voting yes on the bond issue would mean moving forward with a $190 Million plan. This would include the new buildings and improvements at several existing schools.

Some big names in Sioux Falls are throwing their support behind the proposal.

"At Avera we believe it's worth the investment in our future. Again, Avera is proud to support Say Yes To Our Schools," said Avera Health's, Dave Flicek. 

"At Premier/Premier Bankcard we are also behind this yes vote," said First Premier, Premier Bankcard, Tony Nour.

"As you know, we in the Home Builder's Association work hard to meet the demands for housing in this city and around the Sioux Empire and we need great schools to do that," said Home Builders Association, Kim Hefner-Hines.

"This is not just Sanford, this is a lot of people in this community stepping up to the plate and doing what's right. This is an easy one," said Mike Begeman, Sanford Health.

The Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce also shared their support, saying this is needed for the economic growth of the city.

As Brown points out, it's not an issue that can wait.

"We have almost 500 more students in Kindergarten through second grade that will not fit in our middle schools. We have 1,100 more students in K through third grade who will not fit in our existing high school," said Brown. 

There are 13 voting locations on Election Day, September 18th. You can vote at any of those locations.

You can also vote early by going to the Instructional Planning Center weekdays from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm.


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