City Adds Pierre School District to List of Entities Interested in Pubic Facility Partnership

Pierre City Hall Sign (KGFX Photo)


PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Pierre’s Mayor told City Commissioners last night that she has had discussions with Pierre school officials on the two entities possibly working together toward a shared facility.

The Pierre School Board on Monday approved appraisals for two district elementary buildings and the administration building–and also gave the okay for a study that would look at the need and feasibility for a new elementary building.  Superintendent Dr. Kelly Glodt told the board Monday that he believes revenues gathered through the sale of the three properties and other sources could help pay for a new elementary building.  He said there are no intentions of raising taxes to pay for a new K-5 school.

A Public Task Force has been working for about a year to study the city’s public facility needs.  The group’s two subcommittees have been considering what the city could do to fill a need for a multi-use facility for recreational activities, sports and more.  Mayor Gill says she talked to Glodt recently about a joint facility venture for the two entities at yesterday’s commission meeting.

Gill says there are other entities that also want to partner with the city, if it moves forward on a multi-use facility.

Gill says the city plans to keep lines of communication open with the school district, as both the city and school district look down the road at possible construction projects.

The city’s Municipal Auditorium had to be closed permanently in 2011 because of structural issues.  Various activities and groups had to find new locations to use after the closure.   The task force was formed to address what to do about a lack of public facility space available.

Pierre’s School Board this week discussed appraisals for McKinley and Washington Elementary Schools-two of the city’s older school buildings-along with an appraisal for the administration building.   The board also hired a firm to study whether it would be feasible to build a new school in place of McKinley and Washington.   The appraisals and study are to be done in the coming months.

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