Following a lengthy public comment process, Superintendent of Lead-Deadwood Schools Dr. Dan Leikvold recommended closing the district’s middle school if warranted by the next five years of enrollment, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. The plan was one of several plans that had been presented to the public during the consultation period.
Updates to the elementary and high schools would also occur under the plan at a cost of $11.7 million. At the elementary school, $9.3 million would be spent to demolish non-historic portions of the building and improving student drop-off and pick-up zones. Renovations at the high school would include updating the building to accommodate grades 6-12, at a cost of $2.3 million. Approximately $72,000 would be spent in improvements at the middle school to prepare the building for sale.