KDLT Home KDLT on Facebook KDLT on Twitter Get the KDLT iPhone App Get the KDLT Android App

Merging SF Schools Raise Parent Concerns



Bookmark and Share

The Sioux Falls school board will shut down two of the oldest elementary schools in the city, Longfellow and Jefferson.

The board has also decided to build a new Mark Twain to replace the current one in the coming years.

It was a full house at Monday night’s meeting and after some debate, the board voted four-to-one to move forward with the consolidation of all three schools, Jefferson, Longfellow and Mark Twain.

For some parents, this vote would cause them challenges in the near future.

"We were hoping she'd be able to finish and that her brother would be able to go here as well," said Mauricio-Robles.

Shanda Mauricio-Robles, moved to Sioux Falls from Las Vegas, NV in September, hoping to give her kids a better learning experience.

She said she was disappointed when she heard the news about her children's school, Jefferson Elementary, shutting down.

"This is so much better that's one of the reasons we actually moved here was because of the kids and the schools," said Mauricio-Robles.

Her daughter Savannah, who is a fourth grader, will be able to finish school at Jefferson, but her three-and-a-half-year-old son, Junior, will have to go somewhere else.

"We're not sure where he'll go because he does have speech therapy," said Mauricio-Robles.

The board's vote to merge the elementary schools results from aging buildings, declining enrollment and a savings of nearly $800,000.00 per year.

Sioux Falls School Board member, Kent Alberty assured the new school will be state-of-the-art, placed in the core of the city, offering modern classrooms, technology improvements and greater accessibility.

"If there is one spot in a school that not every child that may want to go there can access, than we haven't done are best work as a school board," said Alberty.

As for Mauricio-Robles, although she's disappointed in the board's decision, she's optimistic about her kids's future.

"I really wish they would change their mind but that's not going to happen so we'll just hopefully have to find a school as good as this one," said Mauricio-Robles.    

The school district will now start working on building plans for a new elementary school to replace Mark Twain.
 
The total cost estimate for the new school is $12.8 Million, which comes from the school district's capitol improvements fund.

 The new school should be ready to open in the fall of 2015.
< Prev Story Back To Top Next Story >
     

South Dakota Students Score Well On ACT Exam

South Dakota students continue to score above the national average on the ACT ...

Neunaber's Father Died Of Natural Causes

(KTIV) The Plymouth County Sheriff released the autopsy findings that say ...

Rapid City Teacher Faces Child Porn Charges

A middle school teacher in Rapid City has been charged with possessing ...

Uranium Mine Hearings Continue In Rapid City  Aug. 20

Man Convicted Of Murdering 2 People In Sioux City  Aug. 20

Man With 200 Bags Of Heroin Sentenced To Prison  Aug. 20

Rapid City Arena Plan Might Include Fire Stations  Aug. 20

Howes Man Fined $10K For Killing Bald Eagle  Aug. 20

Volunteer Fair Offers Ways To Get Involved   story with video  Aug. 20

Dozens Gather For Ferguson Rally In SF  story with video  Aug. 19

Parks Board Approves Alcohol Ban   Aug. 19

Ex-Prosecutor Pleads Not Guilty To Rape Charges  Aug. 19

Daycare Provider Faces Child Abuse Charges  story with video  Aug. 19

SD: 90 % Of Students Finished High School  Aug. 19

Iowa Boy Accused Of Severely Injuring Dog  Aug. 19

Dems Call For Daugaard, Rounds Subpoenas  Aug. 19

Sioux Falls Construction To Build Indoor Pool  Aug. 19

Tea Fire Dept. Deals With Lack Of Hydrants  story with video  Aug. 19

SFPD Release Casino Robbery Surveillance  Aug. 19

Day Care Provider Charged For Injuring Boy  Aug. 19

KDLT News Archive
     

Day Care Provider Charged For Injuring Boy

Police in Sioux Falls say a day care provider is facing a ...

Daycare Provider Faces Child Abuse Charges  story with video

A Sioux Falls home daycare provider is facing felony ...

Teens Plead Guilty In Fatal SF Shooting

Two teens involved in the December 2013 fatal shooting ...

Dozens Gather For Ferguson Rally In SF  story with video  Aug. 19

Dems Call For Daugaard, Rounds Subpoenas  Aug. 19

Man Gets Life For Killing Pregnant Girlfriend  Aug. 19

Iowa Boy Accused Of Severely Injuring Dog  Aug. 19

Tea Fire Dept. Deals With Lack Of Hydrants  story with video  Aug. 19

KDLT News Archive
     

Birds go extras behind Kirby-Jones HR's  story with video

A. J. Kirby-Jones continued his power surge with 2 more HR's Tuesday night at the ...

MMA Fights finally come to South Dakota  story with video

Quietly, South Dakota and Sioux Falls has been an MMA hotbed. ...

Kluwe, Vikings Reach Settlement To Avert Lawsuit

Former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe says he's reached a ...

Softball season is underway  story with video  Aug. 18

Talcott adds amateur title to resume  story with video  Aug. 18

Wynot Clutch Late To Dethrone Defending B Champ Alexandria  story with video  Aug. 17

Renner Does It The Hard Way To Defend Title  story with video  Aug. 17

Winnipeg White Washes Canaries  story with video  Aug. 17

KDLT Sports Stories
     
Back To Top