Douglas looking to expand schools with B-21 arrival

BOX ELDER, S.D. — The B-21 Raider is coming to Box Elder and bringing more people and students with it.

Douglas Schools 2In fact, the Douglas School District is preparing plans for a new high school that is nearly twice the size of its current one and located about one-and-half miles southeast of the city.

“We know we’re going to see that growth. We’re seeing, starting to see it now,” said Douglas Schools Superintendent Kevin Case.

Since the start of the year, nearly 40 new students have enrolled in the Douglas School System.

Right now, Douglas has about 620 students in its high school with its capacity set at 675.

But the time for a new high school is needed now, not just for the students but its new purpose.

“Our middle school is at capacity,” Case said. “We’re actually over capacity in our middle school, so really for us, the hinge point right now is getting the new high school built and then Douglas, the former Douglas High School, will actually become a second middle school to help relieve some of the pressure there.”

Douglas hopes to secure roughly $136 million in federal funding for the new school, and breaking ground by spring before being in the school in fall of 2024.

“Planning a new high school takes time,” Case said. “Building a new high school takes time, and then you add COVID and all of the construction in the area, and so we’re looking at a minimum of two years to build the building.”

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