Sioux Falls to propose school bond

July 31, 2018 by  

The school board in Sioux Falls recently revealed it is requesting a special September election, where it plans to ask voters to approve a $190m bond to be used to build new schools. The last time the school district held a bond election was 21 years ago.

According to an article in the Argus Leader, officials expect the number of students enrolled to increase by 10% by 2024. If voters agree to the bond, the district will have the funds to build a new elementary school, middle school, and high school by that time. Money from the bond would also be used to make safety upgrades and improve accessibility, as well as other renovations.

Since 2014, in order to keep up with a growing student population, the city has constructed three new schools. However, this is the first time since 1997 a bond issue has been proposed; in addition, it has been 26 years since a new high school was built.

Kate Parker, a member of the school board, said the bond was “the right thing for our district,” since Sioux Falls is growing and needs to cater to its younger generation.

School Superintendent Brian Maher says that for the measure to pass, over 60% of Sioux Falls voters have to approve it. The election is set for September 18.

Officials in situations like this can use flyer printing to keep residents informed.