Watertown School Board votes to close Roosevelt Elementary

November 14, 2023

Mike Tanner

WATERTOWN, S.D.–Watertown will have one fewer elementary school beginning next fall.

At Monday night’s Watertown School Board meeting, the board voted to close Roosevelt Elementary at the end of the current academic year.

The school board has been studying the issue for months, as enrollment levels among elementary age students in the district have declined.

State statute requires a school district to notify patrons of a school’s closure by December 1st of the preceeding school year.

The Watertown School District will bring forward a plan in the coming months on where Roosevelt Elementary students will attend school in the future.

In a statement, Superintendent Jeff Danielsen said, “Roosevelt Elementary has long served the community in educating students. It has lived up to the namesake and produced resilient students and staff. We are committed to making sure that our students and staff members currently at Roosevelt are cared for as we move through this transition time in the next year.”

The resolution, as approved, reads:

WHEREAS, the Watertown School District declares that the attendance center of Roosevelt Elementary
School, currently serving grades one (1) through four (4) to close at the end of the 2023-2024 school year.

WHEREAS, as per SDCL 13-23-1 the School Board shall have the power to discontinue an attendance
center by resolution of the board and action shall be taken by December first prior to the closure.

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Watertown School District administration be authorized to discontinue education
services at the Roosevelt Elementary School and further plan and assist families, students, and staff with the
transition.