North Texas voters approve multi-million dollar school bonds
GRAYSON COUNTY, Texas (KTEN) — North Texas voters gave the go-ahead for several school bonds with large construction projects proposed.
Now that the bonds have passed, Sherman Independent School District and Denison ISD are hitting the ground running with the new projects.
Denison's $132 million bond is focused on adjusting for growth by adding on to existing elementary schools and building a new campus to replace B. McDaniel Intermediate School. The disciplinary program will relocate to the current administration building, and administration will set up shop in the vacant intermediate school.
Planning meetings start immediately.
"Once the new B. McDaniel Intermediate campus is built, that'll vacate the current B. McDaniel building that we can use for our DAEP program, our discipline center, and our administrative and support services will move into that building," Superintendent Dr. David Kirkbride explained.
Sherman ISD is also taking the area's growth into consideration with its $540 million bond, funding the replacement of Crutchfield and Fairview elementary schools, and constructing a new football stadium.
While they plan those projects, the district is getting to work on safety upgrades.
"We'll be immediately looking at our visitor entry areas in our schools, making sure that we're implementing a multi-step process to come in, making sure we're upgrading our PA systems in the schools," Superintendent Dr. Tyson Bennett said.
Students in Bells ISD will get a new field house after voters approved a $25 million bond that will also fund renovations to Pritchard Junior High.
And the third time was the charm for Bonham ISD's $64.4 million bond proposal. It passed by just two votes, after two previous efforts fell just short of approval.