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Third Time Voters Decide On Tea Area School District Bond

May 13, 2014, 7:50 AM by Stephanie Gregory

Third Time Voters Decide On Tea Area School District Bond
TEA, SD -

It's a big day for voters in the Tea Area School District. For the third time, voters will decide on a bond that would expand the elementary school and add facilities to the high school. 

The multimillion dollar bond vote will add 14 classrooms to the school among other things. The school says it needs to expand because kids are learning in, what they call, stick buildings. Those classrooms are completely separated from the school.

From the inside it looks like a typical classroom with desks, a white board, and computers, but what's different is these classrooms sit outside.

"I was two years inside the building, so a typical day for me is the exact same as what I had when I was in the building," second grade teacher Hallie Ruden said.

Ruden says one thing she has to plan for are trips from the classroom into the school building.

"I lose a little bit of instruction time having to plan a few more minutes especially in the winters when I notice it the most with having to get the hats, boots, coats, gloves, and things like that on, before we go outside," said Ruden.

Ruden says on a typical day students have to travel outside 15 times by either going into the school or back to the classroom.

"You just have to kinds of figure out a method of what's going to work best and that's my biggest challenge," said Ruden.

However, Ruden says when it comes to teaching she doesn't have to worry about disturbing her neighbors next door.

"Noise, when we're ever doing an activity where it's more of a 'call out' type thing I don't have to worry about another class right next to us and sometimes it's good for the kids to get the fresh air when we're going in and out," said Ruden.

Even though Ruden and her classroom are away from the school she says it doesn't impact the learning process.

"I love teaching, I love teaching inside the building, I love teaching out here, it hasn't affected my teaching in any way whatsoever, it's just been a few more challenges with having to plan," said Ruden.
Opponents to the bond say it is dollars and cents that is keeping them from voting for the bond. If the bond passes this time it will increase property taxes $1.16 per one thousand dollars per month. That means an extra $9.66 per month for a home worth about $100,000 dollars. That total goes up if your home is worth more.

It's a big day for voters in the Tea Area School District. For the third time, voters will decide on a bond that would expand the elementary school and add facilities to the high school. 

The multimillion dollar bond vote will add 14 classrooms to the school among other things. The school says it needs to expand because kids are learning in, what they call, stick buildings. Those classrooms are completely separated from the school.

From the inside it looks like a typical classroom with desks, a white board, and computers, but what's different is these classrooms sit outside.

"I was two years inside the building, so a typical day for me is the exact same as what I had when I was in the building," second grade teacher Hallie Ruden said.

Ruden says one thing she has to plan for are trips from the classroom into the school building.

"I lose a little bit of instruction time having to plan a few more minutes especially in the winters when I notice it the most with having to get the hats, boots, coats, gloves, and things like that on, before we go outside," said Ruden.

Ruden says on a typical day students have to travel outside 15 times by either going into the school or back to the classroom.

"You just have to kinds of figure out a method of what's going to work best and that's my biggest challenge," said Ruden.

However, Ruden says when it comes to teaching she doesn't have to worry about disturbing her neighbors next door.

"Noise, when we're ever doing an activity where it's more of a 'call out' type thing I don't have to worry about another class right next to us and sometimes it's good for the kids to get the fresh air when we're going in and out," said Ruden.

Even though Ruden and her classroom are away from the school she says it doesn't impact the learning process.

"I love teaching, I love teaching inside the building, I love teaching out here, it hasn't affected my teaching in any way whatsoever, it's just been a few more challenges with having to plan," said Ruden.
Opponents to the bond say it is dollars and cents that is keeping them from voting for the bond. If the bond passes this time it will increase property taxes $1.16 per one thousand dollars per month. That means an extra $9.66 per month for a home worth about $100,000 dollars. That total goes up if your home is worth more.

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