Brookings K-3 School Bond Vote
by Jeff Rusack, Reporter
November 12, 2013 5:22 PM
A $15-million bond is on the line. The bond would allow the construction of a new elementary school.
Supporters of the bond say with a dramatic rise in enrollment among younger students, a new school is a must for Brookings.
Tuesday was a half day for Brookings students and this year plenty more students flood out of Hillcrest Elementary School.
“The projection for this year was 290 kindergarten students and we had 350 showed up on the first day,” said Jeff Lee of Education Brookings.
Lee is a part of Education Brookings, a group trying to get a $15-million bond passed to build a new elementary school.
And the teachers who deal with extra students on a daily basis say more space is a must.
“When you have a smaller space and you’re placing more children in it, it’s difficult to have a quiet calm learning center for children,” said Kindergarten Teacher, Annie Burns.
Staff members at Hillcrest Elementary have converted storage closets to office space.
“Lack of storage is the number one thing and a lack of a place for teachers to do their jobs away from students,” said Hillcrest Principal, Gary Thomas.
Principal Thomas can point out a dozen places where rooms double as storage.
But, $15-million doesn't fall from the sky. So, the bond would raise taxes but, Education Brookings says not by much.
“We've been at a levee of $59 per $100,000 per year, that levee will only increase to $72 if the new school bond passes,” said Lee.
“We need a K-3 school and we need it quickly,” added Lee.
The polls close at 7pm on Tuesday.