Sherman residents react to rollback election’s failure

By: Stephanie Brletic Email
By: Stephanie Brletic Email

SHERMAN, Tex. -- A major blow was dealt to several school districts around Grayson County, including the Sherman ISD, as at least three rollback elections failed over the weekend. Sherman residents spoke out about the failed measure on Monday.

Parents at Neblett Elementary School in Sherman we spoke to had mixed reactions. Some are happy, saying they are unable to pay more, while others say without the rollback money, they are worried their children's education could suffer.

Allen Spivey has children and grandchildren in Sherman schools. While he knows the district needs the money, he says he just cannot afford a tax increase. Spivey says he will soon be moving to Oklahoma, where as a disabled veteran he will not have to pay property taxes.

"Taxes are good for people if they're at a rate people can afford, but if they're up high, a disabled veteran can't make them," Spivey said.

Because state funding for schools was frozen at year 2006 levels, the Sherman Independent School District was asking for an additional thirteen-cents-per-$100 of property value to make up the difference between what they will get and what they will need.

Like Spivey, Dr. Steve Johnson was against the increase. Johnson says the burden of funding the schools should not land on the shoulders of all taxpayers, but that the money should instead come from other people in the community.

"I think we should all step up as individual concerned taxpayers, those of us who can afford to do it, and should do that, because we respect our teachers, we respect the job that they do. We want them to stay here educating our children."

Johnson says he never opposed education. He simply opposes making taxpayers foot the bill.

Parent Martha Turner says the schools need funding, even if it means paying more.

"The money is going everywhere but at the kids. They need a good education, but we can't give it to them because there's not enough funding. There’s no books, the books are outdated and everything, so I really think it would've been good if it had have passed," said Turner.

In a statement to KXII-TV, school board member John Hendricks says the board will now begin working on balancing next year's budget, saying the ratification's failure will have an impact on children's education and extracurricular activities, but members will work to make that impact as small as possible.

To see rollback election results held in other Texoma towns, click here.

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  • by Richie Location: Sherman on Oct 9, 2008 at 08:33 AM
    To Anonyomous SISD teacher. If the school board allows the administration to lay off teachers instead of useless non-teaching personnel, then it is up to the voters to replace the school board. I suspect the threats you mentioned are just that. Threats. That is the SISD way. And, as has been stated is NOT a "mere ten dollars a month". That was the big lie of this whole election, and the voters saw through it. The SISD wastes so much money "that even a caveman can see it". Time to put the money where it belongs, in the classroom. Why do we need "pre-k" anyway? My generation started at Kindergarden. Pre-k is nothing more than taxpayer subsidized child care, and also undermines the parents responsibility to teach children basic tenets of life before they enter Kindergarden.
  • by Anonymous Location: Sherman on Oct 8, 2008 at 07:20 PM
    I am a teacher for SISD. Because the citizens of this town did not support the tax rollback, you will see major changes in your children's schools. I have been told that music, art, and pre-k will all be cut. The high school will eliminate all sports and band during school hours and make them all extra curricular. That means that you will have to pay all of those expenses for your child to participate!! So I hope it was worth voting no to. You have no idea how bad it's going to get. For a mere $10 dollars a month you could have made a difference in our schools. Now you will see mass firings of teachers in all grade levels. Was it really worth it? I'm sure the same people who voted no will be the same people protesting these major changes.
  • by OOTO Location: Texoma on Oct 8, 2008 at 08:27 AM
    Sherman Watcher, and like minded individuals, take heed. There is an old saying, and I am sure you have heard it before, "if you aren't part of the solution then you are part of the problem." SW, that was nice that you came from a monied background and were able to make use of the private school system for at least two generations. (Have you seen that many are coming under fire for poor performance lately, as well?) Are you saying that just because you are a member of the priveleged few, you owe nothing to the future generations? Seriously??? Do you ever make use of any public facilities at all? (Roads, highways, parks...etc.) Schools, mostly public schools, are the places the leaders of tomorrow will be formed. Ideas grow there. Dreams become realities. (Incidentally, I doubt your story about the honors intern.) Youth become adults. You are saying that all of this isn't worth a couple of hundred extra bucks. Shame on you.
  • by Sherman Watcher Location: Sheman on Oct 8, 2008 at 06:40 AM
    We just got stuck with a 70 Million Dollar 'improvement' bill, raising taxes AGAIN is a joke. Our schools are failing, our kids are not getting education, they're simply learning to take the tests required by the state. I had an 'intern' from SHS in our office who was a senior and she couldn't spell, couldn't file, couldn't type, and wasn't that good at communications. She graduated with honors last year... that is sad. Get rid of the illegal aliens and immediately the financial problems are gone. To disagree with one poster, it is NOT my obligation to teach your children. That is your responsibility. I have NEVER used public schools and I wouldn't. I was educated in private schools as were my children. You didn't help ME pay for my kids, why should I help you?
  • by Disgruntled taxpayer Location: Sherman on Oct 8, 2008 at 04:29 AM
    Supporter, I know where the semi came from, but SISD pays for the tractor that pulls it and the diesel in the tractor. Both are expensive and not necessary. Harry said it well. With times like they are right now, look at everything. There is a huge difference between "wants" and "needs". With the economy like it is, "needs" must be addressed, "wants" have to wait. I don't agree that school taxes should be paid only by those with children, that's an insane suggestion. However, as with raising children, the school board needs to learn to say "no" when the money is not there.
  • by Big Location: Sherman on Oct 7, 2008 at 07:04 PM
    The band trailor was bought by the band boosters with out asking anyone from SISD and then they stuck it to the district which has to then lease a truck from Dallas to pull it with. All that Advertising money probably goes right back into the booster club. I doubt the school gets any of it, they just get told when to move that big sucker. The president of the school boards kid was in band when that happend. The new tennis courts this year, board member's kid plays tennis. See a pattern? The real beef should be with the school board, they set policy and tell the super how to run the district. If your a teacher and voted against the roll back shame on you. You don't have to agree with how things are run, but you just lost youself a raise you won't get back.. Administrations change about every 5 years all you had to do was be patient. There is going to be lots of changes coming to SISD. Some of them needed. All these people who voted no will now be the ones first in line to gripe.
  • by For Education Location: Sherman on Oct 7, 2008 at 03:17 PM
    Put your money where your mouth is Richie...let's see your hidden video. Let's see what you've got big boy!
  • by Supporter Location: Sherman on Oct 7, 2008 at 11:30 AM
    Stacy....can you tell me what building they spent 2 or 3 million dollars renovating, then tore it down the next year? If you are talking about Washington school...get your facts straight. The new multi purpose building that was built a few years ago was NOT torn town, it was left standing and is still used in the new building. Know what you are talking about before you appear so stupid. As for all of you other whiners who are talking about the semi used to haul the band equipment...if you haven't looked closely there are ads on the side of the trailer that help pay for that. Open your eyes people. All of you idiots who voted NO didn't bother to educate yourselves on what this is about. I bet you would be griping at your job if you didn't get a raise. This is about keeping quality teachers and quality education in Sherman. Wake up people. You made us all look stupid.
  • by Richie Location: Sherman on Oct 7, 2008 at 11:26 AM
    So, ol' Rich is ignorant, eh? Maybe when my hidden camera footage is released to the public, you'll find out who is "ignorant".
  • by OOTO Location: Texoma on Oct 7, 2008 at 11:12 AM
    Anonymous on Oct 7, 2008 at 11:11 AM, I take my hat off to you. (something I rarely do for anyone.)
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