The Rapid City School board has approved a $47.7 million spending program to build a new middle school and renovate Stevens High School.
Construction on Stevens High School is expected to begin next school year, including $19 million in updates to areas such as Fine Arts and science classrooms.
Another $19 million in construction is slated for a new South Middle School building. That project won't begin until the 2015/2016 school year.
The new building will sit on what is currently the school's football field.
Even though some people are not happy with the chosen projects, Superintendent Dr. Tim Mitchell said the board did their due diligence in prioritizing the projects.
"It's not a win-win plan. This is a being fiscally responsible and being able to make sure we can get some give things done and still have money in the future to get more things done," said Mitchell.
Some parents who attended Tuesday night's meeting were upset that their child's school wasn't a higher priority. Dr. Mitchell said the board spent the last year and a half looking into district needs before they made their decision.
Other projects scheduled include: elementary school renovations, West Middle School renovations and the installation of artificial turf at the Sioux Park stadium.