District Growth Necessitates Bond Election

District Enrollment 2018

With unyielding community growth, overcrowding in four elementary schools, and the inevitable overcapacity at the high school as large classes advance in grades, the need continues to grow for a bond election to be held on Tuesday, October 16th. To ensure the district has space for the immense growth of students by the year 2020, a bond election must be held now to add a 450-student addition to the high school and a new elementary school to take pressure off of Explorer, Endeavor, Freedom and Liberty Elementary schools.

As has been in the past 12 years, there will be no tax increase due to this new bond (See Figure 2). New tax valuations in the district will offset the cost of the bond so that tax rates will not need to be increased (See Figure 3). There is no doubt the students are here and will be here when the time comes for these buildings to open, and there is no question that we need to make room for more students.

If you have any questions about the bond, please call Superintendent Jim Holbeck at 605-743-2567.

Taxable Valuation

Total Owner-Occupied Tax Levy

*The maximum tax levies for the General Owner-Occupied, Special Education, Capital Outlay, and Pension Fund are set by the State of South Dakota. Opt-out/School Bond costs are structured to support funding above and beyond this reported value. Values displayed here represent a combination of General Owner Occupied, Special Education, Capital Outlay, Bond Redemption, and (in years prior to and including 2016) Pension Fund.

Absentee Voting Available

Any registered voter of Harrisburg School District 41-2 may vote by absentee ballot by mail or during regular office hours from October 1, 2018 until Monday, October 15, 2018.

Sioux Falls:

Explorer, Endeavor, Journey, Horizon, North Middle School


Business Office (open until 5:00 Monday, October 15), Freedom, South Middle School, High School

Election Day Polling Locations

OCTOBER 16, 2018 7AM-7PM

For residents residing in the City of Sioux Falls and Delapre Township, the polling place located at Harrisburg North Middle School, 2201 West 95th Street, Sioux Falls, SD. For residents residing in the City of Harrisburg, and the following Townships:  Springdale, Dayton, LaValley, Lynn, and Perry, the polling place will be the Community Room located at the Liberty Elementary School, 200 Willow Street, Harrisburg, SD.

Cost Breakdown

Proposed School & Addition

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL land, construction, architecture & engineering, sitework, playground, parking, irrigation, landscaping, and furnishing including technology and equipment - $17,053,000 

HIGH SCHOOL ADDITIONS construction (classrooms, music rooms, auxiliary gym, physical education facility, building construction shop, possible bus barn) architecture & engineering, sitework, parking, irrigation, landscaping, and furnishing including technology and equipment - $21,060,500 

BOND ISSUANCE costs to include issuance fees, and interest payment amounts prior to receiving taxes for such payments - $1,886,500