PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Pierre School Board will hold a special board meeting tonight as it gives the public a chance to learn more about the district’s elementary school facility planning study. Last month at the regular board meeting, board members heard about an elementary facility study done by a Sioux Falls architectural firm. The district currently has four elementary schools-two of which are the district’s oldest-McKinley and Washington. School officials say those buildings face some necessary upgrades in the coming years. The study that was done suggested three options for the district-from constructing a new elementary to expanding the district’s newer elementary buildings-Jefferson and Buchanan-and reconstructing the older Washington Elementary to a new two story structure. Pierre’s School Superintendent Dr. Kelly Glodt says tonight’s meeting will give the public a chance to hear the study that was presented to the board in May and to consider the options.
Glodt has indicated that an elementary project could happen without an increase in local taxes. After tonight’s meeting, Glodt says they will hold an informal survey of attendees-to get their opinions.
Glodt says once a decision is made in how to proceed with an elementary plan and as long as there is board and community support, planning for an elementary school project would begin. He says the ultimate goal would be to put the project out for bids by December or January. Glodt says he hopes for good turnout for tonight’s meeting. It will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Riggs High School Theater.
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