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Tea voters will get a third chance to vote on school bond projects

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Voters in Tea will head to the polls in a few weeks to approve a tax increase which would fund a school bond to build two new projects.

KSFY News spoke with one parent who leads a group which says it's worth it for the safety of their kids. They want to ensure a safe learning environment for their kids.

Currently, many kids at the Tea Elementary School attend classes in temporary classrooms.

Some parents hope the bond passes the third time around to protect their kids future.

Protecting kids at school is a concern for most parents.

Parent Deb Svanda said "safety is a big thing with me actually. The stick buildings, they are going 30 to 40 yards into the main building just to use the restrooms. There's no bathroom facilities in those stick buildings, and it's not secure."

Tea administrators agree.

Tea School Superintendent Jennifer Lowery said "as it rains, or there's lightning, or there's a snowstorm or the wind, there's just obvious issues in terms of maximizing learning time, so we're not putting coats on and off, as well as just security and safety issues."

An upcoming vote on a $9.9 million bond could pay for a new Performing Arts Center and an addition to the elementary school which would get rid of these temporary classrooms, but it comes with a tax increase.

"I think our kids are worth it. It's a pizza delivery once a month. It is a baseball tournament. I think we do way more for our kids as extra curricular," Svanda said.

The third Tea bond vote cancels plans for a new elementary school for kids. However, not all parents are sold on these new plans.

Parent Chad Zortman said "we're going to run a grass roots campaign, making sure that everybody knows, what they're trying to do, which is what that is, essentially is they're trying to sneak the school under the radar without having a vote on it."

"They're worth it, they want this and that's why we as parents are fighting so hard for it," Svanda said.

Tea voters will get to vote on the $9.9 million school bond on Tuesday, May 13th. There's also a school board election that day.    

Four candidates are in the running for the two seats that are up for grabs.
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