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Sherman ISD asks voters to pass $176 million bond

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Sherman ISD will build a new high school if voters approve a bond proposal. (KTEN) Sherman ISD will build a new high school if voters approve a bond proposal. (KTEN)

SHERMAN, Texas -- Tuesday is Election Day in Texas, with voters statewide being asked to decide on a series of proposed constitutional amendments.

Many communities are also holding local elections. The Sherman Independent School District has a $176 million bond on the ballot. If approved, it would pay for a new high school and district-wide technology upgrades.

"Passing the bond is essential to my child's education as well as every other student in Sherman ISD," said Shannon Cain, who has three children in district schools. "This is the time for us to be the voice for our children, and to show them that we are responsible and we care about their future."

But not everyone is backing the bond. Don Bailey says the price tag is just too steep.

"They're not going to get that much for it," he said. "One mega-high school which is not what this community needs, and we will still have kids that go to private schools and flee to other districts."

If the bond is passed, a taxpayer with a $100,000 home would see a property tax hike of $17.50 a month.

"If it gets voted in, I'll continue to pay my taxes, just like every other year," Bailey said. "But there are better ways, and I think they need to be brought to light."

"People think, 'Well, it's for the kids; but it's the kids that you're putting in debt," Bailey said. 

But even with opposing views, both Cain and Bailey agree that citizens should cast their ballot on Tuesday.

"I think the community now understands that we all have a responsibility and an obligation to say, 'I've got to get out and vote, because my voice matters," Cain said.

The polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday.  Voters in Sherman will also be voting on a City Council seat and charter amendments. Other school bond elections are being conducted in the Howe, S&S Consolidated, and Pottsboro school districts.

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