Drop in Sioux Falls enrollment means less state aid, ‘cautious’ budget, school district officials say

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Principal Daniel Fischer greets students as they arrive off the bus for the first day of school on Thursday, August 27, at Discovery Elementary School in Sioux Falls. (Photo: Erin Bormett / Argus Leader)

The Sioux Falls School District expected to significantly pass 25,000 students this year, but instead officials say they’re seeing a decline in enrollment and that could put a ding on how the district handles funding for the 2021-2022 school year.

The district initially projected having an additional 200 students compared to last year’s overall enrollment of 25,311. Instead, the district dropped by about as many, according to an initial enrollment report given to the Sioux Falls school board Monday night. 

Including Pre-K, Sioux Falls schools had 25,164 students as of the fourth day of school. Numbers won’t be finalized until the end of September.

“We knew there would be some variability, and I

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Amazon submits plans for Sioux Falls facility, grant could bring 1,000 jobs and $200M investment

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In this December 2019 file photo, Amazon packages move along a conveyor at an Amazon warehouse facility in Goodyear, Arizona. An Amazon delivery station is expected to open in Gainesville at 2121 NW 67th Place by the end of 2020. (Photo: Associated Press file)

Amazon has agreed to build a facility in Sioux Falls, adding 1,000 jobs and $200 million in private investment, as part of a federal grant application for expanding an industrial park in the northwestern corner of the city.

The Seattle-based tech giant joined a combined effort with leadership from the city of Sioux Falls, the state of South Dakota and the Sioux Falls Development Foundation in requesting $1.9 million in funding from the U.S. Economic Development Administration, according to documents obtained Monday by the Argus Leader.

The money would be used to build out and add infrastructure and utilities for Foundation Park, with Amazon signing

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