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An unexpected increase in enrollment at the Spearfish School District has officials examining options for facilities.
An unexpected increase in enrollment at the Spearfish School District has officials examining options for facilities. photo
February 23, 2017

Spearfish Schools Consider Facilities Study Following Increased Enrollments

With a burgeoning student population, the Spearfish School District is examining options to accommodate growth in its facilities, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. According to Superintendent Kirk Easton, previous building studies had been calculated based on an annual growth rate of two percent.

Student growth from 2007-2008 school year to the 2011-2012 school year was minimal, with just over 30 more students over the four-year period. However, the student population increased by nearly 400 students from 2012-2016, causing the schools to fill to beyond capacity. Additions and renovations have been made at several schools in order to accommodate the influx of students.

The Spearfish School District will consider additional options, including constructing a career/technical education building for the middle school and high school. Construction of a new building would likely take a couple of years to complete, as the district is still paying for an $1.3 million expansion at Creekside Elementary School.

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