School year extended by three days; building projects discussed

2013-10-29T22:30:00Z 2013-10-29T23:22:20Z School year extended by three days; building projects discussedJennifer Naylor Gesick Journal staff Rapid City Journal
October 29, 2013 10:30 pm  • 

Rapid City students hoping to start their summer vacation by Memorial Day will be disappointed after the school board approved adding three additional days to the school year Tuesday.

The last day of school for students is now set for Wednesday, May 28, and teachers will come to school until May 29.

The October blizzard caused students to miss three days this school year. And on top of the days missed, students were released early for several days at the beginning of the year because of high temperatures and the lack of air conditioning in most buildings, but that did not factor into the additional days added to the calendar.

Also during Tuesday night's school board meeting, buildings were a hot topic as the board and the administration spent more than three hours discussing the district’s current debt and plans for future projects.

The top projects on the proposed five-year capital outlay plan were all suggested by a consultant group that did an extensive study on what buildings needed the most work and were top priorities.

The top project on the list is replacing South Middle School, which board member Matt Stephens described as a “no brainer” and “structurally questionable.”

Stephens described standing in one classroom where, “everything slopes away from you.”

Other projects include installing artificial turf in Sioux Park, adding student capacity with additional classroom construction at several elementary schools, and renovations to Stevens High School.

Contact Jennifer Naylor Gesick at 394-8415 or

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