South Dakota Governor Approves $2.5 Million in State Grant for New SDSBVI

Governor Dennis Daugaard recently approved $2.5 million in state grant to help build a new facility for South Dakota School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (SDSBVI). The project is part of the school’s joint Educational Impact Campaign with Northern State University.

The new School for the Blind and Visually Impaired will be built at the former site of Northern’s newly demolished Jerde Hall.

The Educational Impact Campaign also includes the Athletic and Recreation Fields east of the former Jerde Hall site.

The project, opening this month for the fall 2018 athletic season, includes a soccer complex competition field, football practice field and pavilion.

The new SDSBVI has a projected completion date of fall 2019. Once students and staff are moved into the new building, the current school will be demolished.

According to Northern’s campus master plan, by spring 2020, construction will begin on the sports complex, which will include Dacotah Bank Stadium and Koehler Hall of Fame Softball Field. Project completion is expected no later than 2022.