Superintendent of Rapid City Area Schools, Doctor Timothy Mitchell held a quarterly conference discussing the future of the school system, as well as it's accomplishments, and it's long term goals.
Many areas were touched upon, but one of the more noticeable area's was growth in the future.
Preliminary numbers for this years enrollment are record breaking, coming in at 14,132.
Well above the boards prediction of 13,850.
And a majority of those students are in the kindergarten to first grade levels.
Dr. Mitchell says growth and the decision of where to either place a new elementary school, or what to do long term with elementary space, is going to have to be well thought out this year.
"You can see the houses being built and the development
all over Rapid City. We have growth in the southwest, huge growth in the west,
growth in the east, in the south, we have growth in the north. It's not like
it's just in one place, it's kind of all over the district," says Mitchell.
Dr. Mitchell also says they have until Friday the 27th of September to fine tune exactly how many students are enrolled.
The number on that day determines the amount of funding from the state the district will receive.