RCAS task force looking into feasibility of building new facility

RAPID CITY S.D. -Rapid City School administrators are working toward alleviating the district’s overcrowding issue.

In the school district’s annual enrollment report released last week, the district has nearly 14,000 students, a number that continues to grow. Currently, the average age of a Rapid City school is 53 years old.

With the development of Ellsworth Air Force Base’s B-21 bomber program, that could bring thousands to the Rapid City area.

To combat the problem, the RCAS Facilities Task Force is looking at the feasibility of creating new facilities. After exploring financial and physical abilities, they’ll eventually provide a recommendation to the school board.

According to Dr. Lori Simon, the Superintendent for RCAS, building a new school could also benefit the students by giving them a new space which can be used for collaboration along with technology.

“We need to think about 21st century learning environments and the flexibility and space and design that comes with newer facilities is a driver of our work as well,” said Dr. Simon.

School leadership says they’ll look to the community for recommendations as well in March.

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