Listening sessions set for conversation on potentially closing a Watertown elementary school

January 25, 2023
Mike Tanner

WATERTOWN, S.D.–Watertown School District Superintendent Dr. Jeff Danielsen has announced the dates and location for the first two community listening sessions that will address the question of whether one of the district’s elementary schools should close.

Danielsen says the listening sessions will be held January 30th and February 8th.

On each date, the start time is 5:30 p.m., and the location is the High School Commons Area. Each session will include a question and answer period for attendees.

Earlier this month, Danielsen told the Watertown School Board that a study by Co-Op Architects found the school district’s five elementary schools are operating at only 67-percent capacity, raising the question of whether one should be closed in the interest of efficiency and cost savings.

No decision on a closing will be made by the school board until this spring at the earliest.