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Re-Count Called For In Tea Bond Vote

May 14, 2014, 9:55 PM by Jared Ransom

Re-Count Called For In Tea Bond Vote
TEA, SD -

One day later, the results of the Tea school bond vote still sting.

"It's discouraging that we keep getting closer but we're not there. So, I'm seeing support. We're not losing the support from the community. We're gaining support each time we run it, just not enough by the law to pass the bond," school board president John Herr said.

Tea Area school officials thought that the third time would be the charm, but they fall just two votes short.

"59.88% saying 'Yes' makes it difficult, but that's how it is. It gives me encouragement to move forward,' Superintendent Jennifer Lowery said.

Options to get the projects completed are already being discussed, including offering each individual part, the new elementary school, the elementary school addition and the performing arts center, as separate projects to be voted on.

"We need to get the classrooms built. That's the bottom line. Each time we do it, we lose another two months and get closer to the fall and lose a building season. We're in jeopardy of missing the start of school in two years if we don't get this going," Herr said.

The school board canvassed the election results, making them official, but one group of voters isn't ready to throw in the towel.

They're calling for a re-count.

"It's so close. How can you not have them re-look at it when it's that close and that important?" voter Cheryl Munkvold said.

Three registered voters need to fill out the appropriate paperwork to start a re-count, and that is being completed tonight. Optimism for a new result isn't high, but hope still remains.

"I'm not that confident, but I think it's something that we need to do to show the public that this is very important and we can't just let it go when it's that close," Munkvold said.

The re-count paperwork is expected to be filed in the next few days. The school board is expected to re-group at their next meeting on May 27 to discuss other options for getting these projects approved.

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