Parents discuss Bonham ISD bond election

By: Maddie Garrett Email
By: Maddie Garrett Email

BONHAM, TX - The Bonham Independent School District held a public meeting this evening, hoping to inform and persuade residents to vote 'yes' on the upcoming $40 million bond election.

The price tag is 40 million dollars, and that money would go to repairing and expanding facilities in the Bonham school district.

Superintendent Sonny Cruse says four out of six schools are 30 to 50 years old, and are outdated and not meeting the students' needs.

Tonight he spoke with parents about the improvements he hopes to achieve if the bond passes, and if it's worth the increase in taxes of about $30 per month.

"My opinion is this is very well needed in this town, the children are first, the adults are second, they become our future," said Susan Williams, a Bonham parent.

Registration for the bond election ends on October 5th and you parents and residents can cast their votes from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on November 3rd.


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  • by heck no Location: Bonham on Oct 3, 2009 at 09:30 PM
    40 million could tear down and replace every building in the BISD with 10-15 million left! But then the crooks who bilked us taxpayers $352,000 for a 900 sq. ft metal building bathroom at the football field would'nt get enough time with their snouts in the BISD/money pile! Vote heck no and knowing BISD will come right back with another bond election, kick all their butts out as they come up for reelection!
  • by really Location: bonahm on Oct 2, 2009 at 12:22 PM
    Concerned citizen, being a property owner you should know that the census does not take into account the population of people living in apartments, or the hispanic community that does not pay taxes, register to vote or do not speak english. Seems to me you are using the numbers to produce a false result. Oh well, I agree with you things have been and will always be the same until you vote to make a change. Your streets are in terrible shape, your municiple building is too small and yet every year your council allows another mexican, or any other resteraunt, come to town.
  • by Oh well on Oct 1, 2009 at 09:08 AM
    Let's just leave things as they are! We (Bonham) have done it for years. That way when people come to Bonham to visit or maybe even possibly looking to relocate it will give them a good indication of how our community supports our school district. Has anyone noticed that we are being left behind? Drive to almost any town and look at their campuses, and then look back at Bonham's. We are and will always be behind because that's how we do things 'round here.
  • by Parent of a Student on Sep 30, 2009 at 03:11 PM
    Okay, I know that we need to update a few things, but on the email I got from the school board giving details of what was on the bond, seriously, do we really need a new entrance at the high school? Is that really gonna better the education of the students? Flat screen TV's in the hallway's? Maybe if the board spent the money more wisely to begin with they wouldn't have these problems to begin with. Have you seen the board room? The chairs the board members sit in alone were several hundred dollars each! I could understand if they sat there 8 hours a day, but that isn't the case.
  • by Longtime Resident Location: Good ole Boy place east of grayson on Sep 29, 2009 at 06:43 PM
    Knowing who makes up the BISD school board, it is quite obvious what the problem with the School system is here. There is not one single person representing the taxpayers of BISD that has any common sense or has ventured to be a sucessfull business owner own their own. The so-called movers and shakers that have been elected to the Board have ALL rode the skirttails of others to rise to the stature they so dearly think they have earned. Out in the real world it's called brown nosing. So it is no wonder that they see it so fit to ask the citizens of BISD to fork over their pitance of a wage to pay more tax for what they want. It is the way it's suppose to work and we are not to argue!VOTE NO*
  • by Bonhamite Location: Fannin county on Sep 29, 2009 at 06:19 PM
    "Concerned Citizen" - you honestly think there aren't any more kids enrolled in Bonham schools now than there were in the l970's? Seriously?!! Denial ain't just a river in Egypt! The schools ARE overcrowded and Bonham IS growing! Saying it isn't happening isn't changing reality!! ....but I'm still voting NO on this bond election. Not because we don't need renovated/upgraded facilities but because I don't trust the yea-hoos to spend the money wisely!!
  • by concerned citizen Location: fannin county on Sep 29, 2009 at 02:18 PM
    Here it is! Let's vote no!, on the bond issue. The Administration will have to admit they have not been maintaining their assets properly and will have to catch up on the maintance issues. Then we(taxpayers) will wait until the 2010 census statistics are published and learn that the buildings did in fact not shrink and also that there are not anymore students enrolled in BISD than there has been since 1970's. So, how come there is such overcrowding in BISD? Answer- there are too many Chief's, Asst.Chief's,Asst. Chief's Asst's and redundancy in the support staff(more assts.) AND they all have to have their OWN SPACE(office). VOTE NO- and keep voting NO until we(taxpayers)are asked for constructive input or idea's and these thought's and idea's are weighed and not file 13'd.
  • by Parent Location: Bonham on Sep 29, 2009 at 01:02 PM
    Anyone who has been in Intermediate, Junior High and High School buildings would be crazy to argue with the need to update the schools. Some of the bathrooms are out of order. These schools were in bad shape 15 years ago, when I was in school there. This is something that needs to be done, and the people of Bonham need make sure this bond is passed.
  • by Ray Location: Bonham, TX on Sep 29, 2009 at 05:50 AM
    They have wasted so much money in this district the past several years, there is no way the voters need to turn $40 million over to them at this point, especially not in this economy. What are they going to do with the land they paid about three times what it was worth out on Hwy 82 west of Bonham? Why are they not addressing that?
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