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Parents Express Concern About Boundary Plans

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As the Sioux Falls School District grows, boundaries for its schools need to be changed. The Sioux Falls School Board has already chosen the options they feel will best suit students as the district continues to do just that. But it has some parents upset, and on Tuesday night they were able to express their concerns to the board.

At one point in time, we've all had those butterflies in our stomach on the first day of school. But what helped us get over it was seeing familiar faces of friends and teachers. For some students in the Sioux Falls School District however, that could very well change. Now, parents are voicing their opinions to the Sioux Falls School Board. Many said the proposed boundary changes are not a good idea.

Sherese Kelliher said, "When we bought our house, we thought our kids were going to go to John F. Kennedy Elementary, Memorial Middle School, and Roosevelt High School, now with a third rezoning, she has changed."

Kelliher has a daughter that is in the sixth grade at Edison Middle School. For Kelliher, the changes would mean her daughter would be bussed to McGovern Middle School, instead of staying at Edison, which is just down the road from their home.

"In proximity that's just way farther away than where she is at right now," Kelliher said.

Kelliher, along a few other concerned moms from the same area, proposed to the school board that they leave their little area, shown in red, the same. Their biggest concern is how they will get their kids to and from extra-curricular activities, or where the kids will go if they can't get picked up right after school. And of course, a big concern is being separated from friends.
"We want her to stay where she's at because she is a sixth grade girl, and she needs to stay where she is at, we can't make that change for her," Kelliher said.
If you would like to give input on the boundary changes, there are four more meetings. On Nov. 14 at Memorial Middle School, there will be a second meeting at 7 p.m. Then there will be another on Nov. 18 at Axtell Park, Nov. 21 at Edison, and finally Nov. 25 at Whittier. Those meetings also take place at 7 p.m.

The board will make its final decision on Dec. 9.

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