- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 13, 2015

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Construction of a Spanish immersion school in Sioux Falls won’t begin until after state lawmakers determine the fate of a bill that would put limits on school property taxes dedicated to capital projects.

School officials in Sioux Falls want to gradually increase the tax rate to pay for the $11 million school to house the district’s Spanish immersion programs, but a bill in the Legislature would lock current funding in place.

The school board in December approved the closure of an elementary school to make way for the Spanish immersion facility, with the stipulation that the decision could be reversed if necessary.

“We do need to have plans in place,” district spokeswoman DeeAnn Konrad said.

School officials on Monday got a look at architectural plans for the new school, but construction bids won’t be accepted until mid-March, after the legislative session is over, the Argus Leader reported (https://argusne.ws/1wU1f1C ).

“To finance this we need to be able to eventually move the capital outlay up,” board President Kent Alberty said.

Capital outlay property taxes have been a valuable resource for the growing Sioux Falls school system. The taxes have paid for $142 million in new schools and school upgrades in the district since 2003.

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Information from: Argus Leader, https://www.argusleader.com

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