District Planning

Groton Area School District Facilities Analysis and Information

On April 11, Groton Area Public School District residents will decide whether to replace the oldest part of the middle school/high school with a new building that meets current health, safety and education standards. Approval of the ballot question will also allow improvements to heating and ventilation, wiring, the fire alarm system and technology access throughout the middle school/high school.

The 83-year-old core section of the middle school/high school building has exceeded its useful life. Classrooms are too small, air quality and temperature control is poor and teachers and students do not have the technology access they should have.

When developing its long-term plan, Groton Area School District leaders reached out to residents and listened to the public to prioritize needs. District leaders worked with experts to develop solutions and funding options, then took more input from the community before approving the proposal to put before voters.

If voters approve the April 11 ballot question, residents will provide Groton Area middle and high school students with a safe and healthy building and technology-ready learning spaces they need to succeed.

The cost for this project will be $13.9 million, which would be financed through a 20-year bond. This works out to an additional 50¢ per year per $1,000 in property value for the initial three years with subsequent increases equivalent to expiring debt.  This allows us to avoid an initial spike in taxation at the onset and provides a more stable tax scheme.  This means the owner of a home valued at $100,000 would see taxes increase by $4.17 a month if voters approve the plan. You can find out more about the tax impact on the school district website.

The ballot proposal for Groton Area Middle School/High School is separate from the Groton Area Elementary School project. For more information about that project, please see links to materials detailing the Groton Area Elementary School project farther down on this page.

Please explore the middle school/high school project resources linked below on this page, review the ballot question, find out about voting options and make sure you are informed when you vote. 

Proposed High School Diagram/Floor Plan
Proposed High School Plan Presentation
Proposed High School Tax Impact

MS/HS Project Community Meeting Video Recording
provided by GDILive.com

Groton Area Elementary Improvements Diagram/Floor Plan
Groton Area Elementary Improvements - Spring 2017

Community Engagement Meetings Letter
Community Engagement Presentation
Project Scenario Funding Solutions and Tax Impacts

Comprehensive Report
Building Improvement Measures - Scenario B
Building Improvement Measures - Scenario C

Educational Adequacy Study - Full Report
Educational Adequacy Study Summary
Public Summary
Values Definition Summary
Enrollment Projections 

On-Line Survey Summary

Public Meeting Video/Audio Recording
Recorded Video Coverage provided by Groton Daily Independent (gdilive.com)




Groton Area MS/High School
406 North 2nd Street PO Box 410
Groton, SD 57445
Office: 605.397.8381
Fax: 605.397.8453

Groton Area Elementary School
810 North 1st Street PO Box 410
Groton, SD 57445
Office: 605.397.2317
Fax: 605.397.2344

Business Office
406 North 2nd Street PO Box 410
Groton, SD 57445
Office: 605.397.8381
Fax: 605.397.8453

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