Sioux Falls voters overwhelmingly approve a bond that will fund construction of three new schools. The $190 million bond will also fund security and other improvements on the district’s other campuses.
The Sioux Falls School District needed at least 60% affirmative votes to pass the bond. In the end, nearly 85% of voters support funding the construction of new facilities.
The bond issue was largely driven by continued growth in the Sioux Falls school district, which is resulting in crowding issues. This bond will cover construction of a new elementary, middle and high school, along with other improvements district wide. The new schools are expected to be completed by 2024.
While the results demonstrate a clear majority support of the bond, voter turnout was less than past elections. On Tuesday, 17% of registered Sioux Falls voters participated, compared to 23% during the last bond election just over 20 years ago.