The Dakota Valley School board looked at inital capacity and building requirement numbers at their meeting March 9. As of right now, all the buildings are sufficient in terms of current to total capacity. Before Dakota Valley would outgrow its current facilities, there would have to be an increase of 791 students or a 51 percent overall growth.

The official enrollment count, taken in September 2019, was 1,386 students. As of the end of February 2020, the school had lost six students.

By the school board meeting and presstime, only one person – Matt Thompson – had turned in a petition for one of the two open school board seats – James Heeren and Kevin Hoffman. Superintendent Dr. Jerry Rasmussen stated that if another petition is not received via mail in the next week, the school board will have to appoint a board member for a one-year term and hold an election for a two-year term the following year. Hoffman volunteered to sit the one-year appointment if a petition doesn’t appear.

See full story in this week’s Dakota Dunes / North Sioux City Times.