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Overcrowding forces second graders outside

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Mrs. Ruden's second grade classroom looks pretty normal until they have to go to computer class.

Students get lined up at the door with coats on, because they have to walk outside.

Four of the six second grade classrooms at Tea Area Elementary are in "stick" buildings.

"We live in a very, a wonderful comm, a progressive community, we continue to grow, we're almost out of stick buildings, and we're too progressive to have our children in sticks." Superintendent Jennifer Lowery explained.

The Tea School District had it's second vote Tuesday night to pass a bond.

That would have added on to the elementary and high schools and built a new elementary school.

This recent cold snap has Superintendent Jennifer Lowery especially concerned.

"I don't hear a lot of complaining from students. They just do it. That's what normal, and that's sad." she said.

She added teacher's don't complain either.

But Principal Betsy Drew said the sticks are less than ideal.

"There's always movement. It's like, 'When are we leaving?' Rather than just coming and settling. I guess that's one of the things that concerns me." She said.

She said she finds losing by such a close margin disappointing.

"It's very disheartening to think that anyone would think that this is acceptable for children."

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