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05.14.07

Bushland Bond--The Next Step

Finding the room for all its students will continue to pose a problem for Bushland Middle School. 
That's after voters decided against a 21.5 million dollar bond that would have helped to build a new school and other improvements.

NewsChannel 10's Felicia Lafuente explains why this issue probably isn't over. It's back to the drawing board for Bushland school officials.They vow to not give up on this bond, since they say these improvements are desperately needed.

"Being a teacher and parent, I see the need, community growing quickly and it's not going to stop anytime soon," says Elizabeth Schaef, a Bushland Middle School teacher. If the bond had passed, a new middle school would have been added. Also, a new cafeteria. 
Right now, Hanna, along with the other 180-fifth and sixth graders, must share a cafeteria with elementary students. "Very crowded, barely enough room for us," says Hanna Castleberry, a fifth grader at Bushland Middle School.

"Being a fifth grade teacher, I see our kids having to go across whether raining or snowing, to go to the cafeteria," says Schaef. Both teacher and student feel the overcrowding could affect their learning in the long run. "They won't be as focused, too many people," says Castleberry.
"We'll still be successful, but those new facilities would have helped to make the job easier," says Schaef.

But those who voted against the bond say the school will be just fine. "I know they're getting more and more kids, but I'm an old timer and too much expansion, too fast is a little hard to swallow," says Charlie Henderson,voted against the bond.

The school's superintendent says there is a possibility of putting the bond back on the ballot in November. Until then, teachers and students say they will cope.

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