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Tea Area School District Proposes New Bond

March 26, 2014, 5:11 PM by Sammi Bjelland

Tea Area School District Proposes New Bond
TEA, SD -

Following two failed votes, the Tea Area School District is moving forward with another attempt.

Tuesday night the Tea Area school board approved a new plan to pass a school bond.

The last two bonds failed by a small margin, but they're hoping some changes and input from the community will help push it over the edge.

"I'm going to be optimistic. But if the last ones didn't teach me anything, we'll be cautiously optimistic. Try to learn, and try to get information out the best we can," Tea Area School District Superintendent, Jennifer Lowery said.

Superintendent Jennifer Lowery says there are a few big differences between this proposal and the last two.

First, this bond is for $9.9 Million--compared to the last two at $11 Million and $10.5 Million.

Second, building a new elementary school is not included.

Lowery says since the north side elementary school building will not be in this version of the bond, they would like to see more classrooms added onto this addition, so that students can get out of these temporary buildings.

"The elementary addition, that compared to the other bond issues has included an additional four classrooms and then an add alternate with two more and a bathroom set. So instead of the initial ten, now we're looking at an additional 6. For a total of 16 classrooms," Lowery said. 

Lowery says the top priority is taking care of students and keeping up with community growth.

"It's an exciting place to be. It's growing rapidly. But we have students in stick buildings, and we can't keep up with the growth. And so it's time to grow, it's time to build. And so that's taking care of those kids and getting them into classrooms is our number one priority," Lowery said.

The new bond proposal also includes the performing arts center from the previous bonds.

They will pursue a new elementary building at a later date.

The vote will be on May 13.

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