For the third time in less than a year, a school bond did not pass in Tea.
A 60 percent majority was needed for the proposed $9.9 million project to add school classrooms and build a performing arts center. Tuesday night it failed by two votes.
"It was heart-wrenching to be honest with you. Three times during the school year, that close. 59.88 percent of the voters saying 'yes' let's move forward. I'd be lying if I didn't say it was disappointing," said Tea Area Superintendent Jennifer Lowery.
Since 2003, elementary students in Tea have been using stick buildings that don't have running water or bathrooms. KSFY has learned that three citizens are filing a recount request.
"I think we've always held out hope. And, we've always believed that eventually what's right for the kids in the Tea Area School District will happen because these kids deserve more than what they have," said Jolene Loetscher from the YES for Tea Area Kids group.
The request for a recount paperwork will go to Secretary of State Jason Gant's office. Tea Area's next school board meeting is May 27th.