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The proposed new Dickinson High School will be 365,000 square feet and have a capacity of 1,600 students. Some community members in the district's last community forum posed the question — why so big?

The school is currently 230,000 square feet with a capacity of about 1,000 students, and it's overcrowded.

JE Dunn Vice President Marc Mellmer said Dickinson High School lacks some of the community resources schools in other districts have, meaning those features must be built onto the school itself.

The career and technical education portion of the school alone is 70,000 square feet.