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Tea Residents Head To Polls Over Bond

December 10, 2013, 5:05 PM by Sammi Bjelland

Tea Residents Head To Polls Over Bond
TEA, SD -

The Tea School District hopes a half million dollars worth of cuts is enough for an expansion plan to pass.

In September, an $11 million bond fell just 30 votes short of the 60 percent super majority needed.  On Tuesday, voters are deciding on a $10.5 million bond.

There are now more than 1,500 students in the Tea district. That's twice as many as when the district began 11 years ago. That's why administrators say an expansion is desperately needed.

There has been a steady stream of voters at the District Education Center in Tea.  More are expected as residents of the small town get off work.

"I hope so! I have a lot of friends that are. Today's been a big day on a lot of people's calendar," Tea resident Michael Fuller said.

The district is asking voters to pass a $10.5 million bond to expand the school with more building projects.

According to the district, the money would create classrooms at the existing Tea Area Elementary School, build a Performing Arts Center at the Tea High School, and build a new K-5 one-section elementary school by 32nd and Ellis Road.

"Very passionate about our school and wanting it to go forward. So that's the reason we vote and keep active in the community otherwise too," Tea resident Alma Gors said.

"I believe that the right to vote is something that a lot of people have paid the ultimate price for. If you vote yes or no that's kind of your choice. Just get out and vote," Fuller said.

Earlier Tuesday afternoon,  more than 700 people had already cast their ballots.  Voting officials say this is a strong start and they are hopeful for a big turnout.

"I don't remember what the numbers were a month ago, but about double that?  If I remember right. So hopefully people get out and vote," Fuller said.

"It's a decision that the voters should make.  That's why we do it, and hopefully they'll have a good turn out. So we have a fair vote or know what the majority wants," Gors said.

Polls will be open at the District Education Center in Tea until 7:00 p.m.

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