Harrisburg business community members talk about growth
HARRISBURG, SD (KELO) – More construction projects are coming to the Harrisburg area.
Voters in the Harrisburg School District have approved a $ 60 million bond for a new college and freshman academy, which will eventually expand into a new high school.
Average growth in the Harrisburg School District is around 300 new students each year, according to the district, and it isn’t expected to slow anytime soon.
The deposit will not increase the tax levy for the district.
977 ballots were cast and about 83 percent said “yes” to the plan.
Betsy Schwenk is backing the new school buildings that voters approved on Tuesday. In addition to making more room for students, she says the project will be a boost for the community.
“The more students we can accommodate, the more families will be in our community and participate, whether for school-related activities, or to buy gas, or stop here for a coffee,” said Betsy Schwenk, barista at Lava’s Coffee & Cafe.
Schwenk is a barista at Lava’s Coffee and Cafe in Harrisburg.
She has lived in the city for about nine years, and has grown a lot over time.
“I lived on the edge of a field; now there are apartment complexes next to me. We didn’t have a grocery store; we had no hardware store. We didn’t have things, so we had to go to Sioux Falls to get them, ”Schwenk said.
The growth in Harrisburg is what prompted the owner of Serenity Nail Spa to open her new business in the community about two months ago.
“I recognize his great potential. He is growing up and the people here are very nice and support their local businesses and great people, ”said Fawn Dang, owner of Serenity Nail Spa.
While Schwenk says Harrisburg is constantly growing, she says she still feels like a small town.
“I feel like, especially working in a cafe like this, we always see the same people. We see a lot of new people, but I hope they become familiar faces as well, ”said Schwenk.
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