RCAS: Class sizes up, some force transfers possible

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN) - As Rapid City’s population grows in some areas, including Rapid Valley, the school district is left with two unpopular options.

Most of the growth in Rapid City schools is in two grades, first and sixth. The Rapid City Area Schools overall student population remains relatively stable.

According to a RCAS release, the district will increase some class sizes to avoiding have to force transfer students outside of their assigned attendance areas. However, there still could be forced transfers. The grades most affected by larger class sizes will be kindergarten through third.

“Forced transfers and increased class sizes are not ideal or long-term solutions to address crowding in some of our school buildings,” the district release stated.

The district tries not to exceed 25 students per class, stating that "20 is ideal." This year, however, the district expects to have 28 in some classes.

Last year, RCAS began a facilities task force to look at solutions to the district facility needs. That task force will spend the next year crafting a “lasting plan to create 21st century learning environments and address crowding concerns related to a shift in residential growth.”