Sioux Falls School District Considers A Fourth Site For New High School


Update: The board approved of hiring Architecture Incorporated during their meeting Monday night.

The Sioux Falls School District now has a fourth possible site for a new high school.

Superintendent Brian Maher says on Friday someone offered to sell land to the district in the northwest part of the city, but he wouldn’t say exactly where that is.  

Selecting a site will be the next step in building a new high school after voters last week approved $190 million bond.  

Part of that process starts at Monday’s school board meeting where board members will vote on hiring an architect. 

The only site for the new high school that’s been made public so far is the land that’s been donated by Sanford Health, just south of the Pentagon in the Sanford Sports Complex.

The District won’t talk about where the other three are located, but did confirm the newest site is close to McGovern Middle School.  

The school board will vote to hire Architecture Incorporated and DLR Group as the architects and design teams. 

“I think they are really going to have the horsepower to bring us to where we want to be,” Maher said.  

Architecture Incorporated has worked with the District before, designing CTE Academy and a couple of other elementary schools.  If the board approves hiring them, the next step can begin. 

“The architect will be doing site analysis of the four sites and looking at what are the pros and cons and unique features of that and what the cost will ultimately be,” Director of Operation Services Jeff Kreiter said. 

Maher says the biggest thing the new high school will need is flexibility. 

“I want to make sure we build a high school that’s not only ready in 2020-21 but also that that building is still on the cutting edge to give students a great education 2031 and 2041 and I think the only way you can do that is build flexibility in from the beginning,” Maher said. 

The school district says it hopes to have a site selected by November with work to begin in the spring.

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