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Tea Area School District Bond Referendum Vote Tuesday

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It's a $10.5 million proposed bond but it's not coming without opposition.

Tuesday, residents who live in the Tea Area School District will be heading to the polls to vote on a bond referendum.

Included in this vote would be a new K-5 elementary school to be built near the subdivision Westwood Valley.

Three proposed projects would come out of this bond -- an addition to the current elementary school, a performing arts center and a new elementary school located next to the Sanford Family Wellness Center.

The new school would  be in the backyard of the Westwood Valley subdivision, a growing area in the Tea Area School District and on the western edge of Sioux Falls. 

"The Tea Area School District in the last 10 years has doubled in size from 700 kids to 1,400. It's tremendous growth but that also means new facilities, new spaces and they are crowded right now in their classrooms. The elementary school children are going to classes in temporary classrooms that kids are walking outside in this kind of weather simply to go to the bathroom," said Jolene Loetscher, who is for the bond vote.

Others living in Westwood Valley feel like a $5.3 million school built in Sioux Falls is a waste of money. Chad Zortman is one of them.

"The school district does not need this school. They need to improve their schools within the city of Tea, which is obviously needed, but we feel in our neighborhood that this school isn't needed and also the location is a location that is not very smart," said Zortman, who is against the bond vote.

"Those out there trying to make sure this vote doesn't pass. Those trying to dissolve the school district. Those trying to make sure that this isn't a school someday are a very small group and what they have invested is in their own personal gain, not in the future of kids," said Loetscher.

Zortman would like to see the Tea Area School District dissolved into the Sioux Falls School District.

"It's an issue of command and conquer. They're trying to keep our neighborhood within the school system because we're within the city of Sioux Falls. And we feel that by putting the school there, they're trying to get a foothold at school essentially. The location is not a good location," said Zortman.

 

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