SF School District turns down land gift from Sanford

Site ‘D’

The SFSD just decided this afternoon that they would NOT take the Sanford gift and build the new HS close to SE Tech. I find this interesting, especially after Sanford Hospital and Denny Sanford himself gave a combined $50K to the VOTE Yes campaign.
I also find it interesting that they took action during a ‘working session’. I think the SFSD board rules are different than the city council’s. It is a publicly noticed meeting, so there would have not been any issues there.


#1 Rufusx on 11.07.18 at 10:07 pm

School needs to be sited where most growth potential exists. I would assume to the SE.

#2 l3wis on 11.07.18 at 10:24 pm

Ruf, I agree, they picked a good location. But it doesn’t take a rocket scientist or even a 6-figure a year super to figure out building the school there makes sense.

But I do question 3 things.

• Why all of sudden reject Sanford’s gift? (hoping our local media gets a response from Sanford, but I’m not holding my breath).

• Journey gave a million dollar ‘discount’ on the land, but that doesn’t mean they will automatically get the contract to build the project. LOL. Yeah . . . right. A million dollar discount for a $90 million dollar construction project, seems like a fair trade off. Once again. LOL.

• Is it accordance to rules to vote on this purchase in the middle of an afternoon ‘working session’? Funny how these things come about.

You sometimes wonder if Homan is still running the show over at the IPC.

#3 anonymous on 11.08.18 at 10:01 am

Remember, several months ago when Kelby was going on about how the new school was going to be located next to the Sanford Sports Complex (KELO).

It’s good to see him not get his way for a change…..kind of reminds me of when he tried to tell everyone the Minnesota Vikings were moving their training camp to Howard Wood Field.

#4 Warren Phear on 11.08.18 at 4:50 pm

You are right Ruf. The city of Sioux Falls is growing fastest to the Southeast. The only thing the school board conveniently left out of the discussion is to the southeast, the school boundaries end at 57th street. To the south and southwest the boundaries end at 69th street. South of those streets, even they are the city of SF, the school boundaries belong to Harrisburg. “Conveniently”, all we heard about was booming classroom needs at a measly $24 a year.

It was a SCAM.

Does site D have enough room for a school, parking needs, state of the art football and track stadium, and room for at least 4 fastpitch softball diamonds? I doubt it. The donated sanford land seems to be where they will scheme to put all the sports complex apparatus for George Jefferson High.

#5 The Guy from Guernsey on 11.09.18 at 9:43 am

“Why all of a sudden reject Sanford’s gift?”
I am still open to the possibility that common sense and a fact-guided process led to the decision. The only qualification of the land at the Sanford Sports Complex was that it was “free”. An awful location relative to residential neighborhoods – in the present, as well in the predictable future.

#6 The Guy from Guernsey on 11.09.18 at 9:57 am

Maybe Kelby can start some sort of elite multi-sport school/academy at the Sanford Sports Complex (e.g. IMG Sports Academy, Findlay Prep, La Lumiere School). Really better aligned with his vision and ego anyway.
With all the money and influence which athletic shoe company power brokers have cornered in AAU sports and the college selection process, no reason why a regional … errrr … international health care system can’t enjoy a piece of that action.

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