Many of the Sioux Falls School District’s schools are filled beyond capacity. And newly released enrollment numbers show the district is more crowded than ever before. From last fall to this fall, the kindergarten through 12th grade enrollment in the Sioux Falls School District has increased by 126 kids.
The school district is home to more than 25,000 students, a number which includes pre-kindergarten through high school. If the district were a city it would be the fifth largest in the state.
“We’re within nine students of where we said we’d be this year, so Todd’s projections … have turned out to be right on at this point, and that comforts us, right?” said Doug Morrison, director of research, innovation & accountability with the district.
He’s referring to Todd Vik, business manager with the district. Monday afternoon KELOLAND News stopped by Roosevelt High School as kids left the building for the day.
“Our high schools are probably going to be even fuller than we expected, so that number was a little higher than anticipated, even yet, and then the rest kind of fell in line with what we said in the task force meetings, roughly about those same numbers,” said Michael Christopherson, director of information and technology services for the district.
“You’re starting to see middle school, high school numbers increase over last year,” Morrison said.
These numbers providing more information for voters ahead of next week’s election.
“It really replicates what we’re seeing, is that we’re growing, space is going to be an issue to handle this growth,” Christopherson said.