SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A University of South Dakota study has concluded that the number of students in Sioux Falls' public schools will grow by more than 20 percent over the next 10 years.

The study also says the student population will become more diverse, with the proportion of white students dropping from 69 percent last year to 58 percent in 2023.

School Board President Kent Alberty tells the Argus Leader newspaper that the district is devoted to addressing cultural differences, including hiring instructors who know how to teach what is culturally acceptable.

Alberty says the district also is addressing the expected enrollment increases. A new middle school is being built this summer, and Alberty says there is enough land to eventually put an elementary school beside it.

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