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Voters Will Decide On Third Tea Bond

May 6, 2014, 6:02 PM by Brady Mallory

Voters Will Decide On Third Tea Bond
TEA, SD -

School District officials in Tea hope the third time is the charm for an effort to give students to add space and a new facility.  On May 13, voters will approve or reject a $9.9 million bond.

"It would put us on the map a little bit more," Crystal Buckneberg, who lives in Tea, said.

Tea voters rejected similar proposals - $11 million in September and $10.5 million in December.  If passed, the school superintendent said this trimmed bond would pay for a few new additions.  This would include 14 new classrooms and cafetorium at the elementary school.  Other items on the list: an office with a security entrance, additional parking, bus loop, outfit classrooms and kitchen.

A graduate of the Tea School District, Ben Cushman said life as a student was a bit crowded.

"We had to be in stick buildings. Like, they built stick buildings for the fifth graders. It wasn't too bad. We could go in there if we needed to, but it would be nice if they would add more space," Cushman said.

The bond would also pay for the construction of a 614-seat performing arts center, which would include two classrooms and a security entrance.  Crystal Buckneberg does not have any children in the Tea Area School District, but she would like to see more classrooms for students, including her young cousins.  She is also a bigger supporter of the performing arts center.  She believes it will give boys and girls more options.

"Every kid needs to know what's out there in the world.  It's not just math and science and computers anymore.  You have to have the artistic opportunities," Buckneberg said.

Not everyone wants the bond to pass.  Some of the people we talked with, who did not want to go on camera, said they do not want to pay more taxes.

If passed, it would mean an extra $9.66 per month for a home worth about $100,000. That total goes up if your home is worth more.

"Building things means more taxes," Cushman said.

Ultimately, voters will decide when they head to the polls on May 13.

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