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Take 2: Sherman ISD outlines bond proposal


SHERMAN, Texas -- The Sherman Independent School District has now laid its cards on the table about a revised bond proposal.

"Our goal is to get the information out, get the facts out, and then answer any and all questions that people have," Assistant Superintendent Tyson Bennett said.

The district's previous $308 million bond offering faltered at the ballot box last May, so administrators went back to the drawing board, crunched the numbers, and came up with a $176 million plan that includes a new high school and district-wide technology upgrades.

"We engaged our community, and we also talked to people who were against the last bond election, and so we're working with all individuals," Bennett said.

Sherman ISD parent Beau Watson said he thought the first bond election should have passed, but he's optimistic about Round 2.

"I know the fact that cutting it in half will help with property taxes and help people vote for it," he said. "Being a homeowner, I can definitely understand that."

If the bond package is approved this time around, the tax increase for a $100,000 home would be about $210 a year... that's less than $17.50 a month.

"We have not invested enough money in the past 20 years on infrastructure," parent Chris Dowd said. "So will it cost more?  Sure. Is it worth it? Absolutely."

With grandchildren at Dillingham Intermediate School, Danny Tollison also sees the bond as a positive thing.

"I know they're going to need more room," he said. "I think we'll probably need this one, so we'll see."

KTEN also talked to a few parents who were against the revised bond proposal, but they did not want to speak on camera.

Early voting for the Sherman ISD bond begins on October 23; Election Day is November 7.

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