SHERMAN, Texas (KTEN) — The Sherman Independent School District Board of Trustees approved two bond propositions Monday aimed at helping the district deal with rapid growth.

The board noted that the city's population could double over the next decade.

Proposition A, estimated at $493 million, would fund:

  • two new elementary schools to serve growing areas of Sherman
  • two new buildings to replace Crutchfield and Fairview elementary schools
  • a new early childhood center
  • additions to Sherman High School to increase its enrollment capacity
  • convert Dillingham Elementary to a middle school
  • renovate Piner Middle School and Jefferson Learning Center
  • include district-wide safety upgrades

Proposition B, at $47 million, would be used to build a new stadium at Sherman High School with a capacity of 8,000 fans. Bearcat Stadium would still be used for youth sports.

The district believes these bonds are needed to help accommodate future growth.

"Our tax rate due to this growth will not have to be increased to cover this bond," said Jarod Dutton, a member of the board's Long-Range Planning Committee.  "The new growth that we are experiencing here will allow for us to take on these new commitments without raising the tax rate itself."

The bond election is set for May 6.