BONHAM, Texas (KTEN) — A single vote has dashed plans for the Bonham Independent School District to embark on a $53.7 million plan to build new facilities and renovate classrooms.

The unofficial vote in last Saturday's school bond election resulted in a tie.

Election officials waited until Monday for any mail-in votes to arrive, and until Friday for any corrections to be made to ballots that had been cast.

After canvassing all of the ballots, the final tally was announced Friday evening: 596 in favor of the bond package and 597 against.

Bonham ISD Superintendent Kelly Trompler released a statement saying she was disappointed in the result, and she was not alone. 

Stephani Batchelor and her daughter are new to the district.

"She just transferred from Leonard here in the fall, and that was one thing I noticed a big difference that they really could have used some updates with the school," she said. "It sucks that they lost that extra vote... they really needed it."

Trompler said Bonham ISD will seek input from the community before attempting to resurrect a bond proposal.


Final vote in the Bonham ISD school bond election on May 7, 2022.