The Thursday Rapid City School Board decision to transfer around 150 students from Knollwood to Canyon Lake Elementary School is the first step in the district's long-term plan to create more space for students. Canyon Lake Elementary currently has the most room and the lowest enrollment.
Next year, Kibben Kuster staff, who are currently housed at Canyon Lake, will move to what is now Jefferson Academy. The Academy students will move to Rapid City High school, the old Dakota Middle School.
In the meantime, district administrators will decide how to best spend money in the Capital Outlay fund, which is generally reserved for school construction and improvement projects.
And as for a new elementary school ... "We're reserving a spot for financing a potential new elementary school," Superintendent Dr. Tim Mitchell said. "Where it will go, will we need it in the next five years ... I don't know, but we're making sure if it comes on board and we need it we have the money allocated for it," He continued.
South Middle School may also be replaced in the five year plan. In addition, the district will likely make improvement to West Middle School and Steven's High School.