SISD and Grayson Co. make deal on old administration building

By: Maddie Garrett Email
By: Maddie Garrett Email

GRAYSON CO., TX – Sherman Independent School District made a deal with the Grayson County Government as a way to help both government entities. As the new SISD Administration Building nears completion, looming in the background was what to do with the old building. The District decided to give it to the County, but not everyone agreed with the agreement.

Building a brand new, bigger administration building was the final phase of Sherman’s $77 million dollar school bond passed back in 2005. The SISD Building will have more space for training and testing, better maintenance and bus housing facilities and meet the growing needs of the District.

"We're most pleased with the space that's been designed, it's an efficient building, energy efficient building as far as space efficiency,” said SISD Superintendent, Dr. Al Hambrick.

Monday night the Sherman School Board toured the new building as part of their meeting. After the tour members discussed what to do with the old building once it was cleared out.

"We felt like it would just not be a very good decision for it to sit idle and not be used, so it either needed to be used or taken down,” said Hambrick.

Tearing down the historic high school building would cost about $300,000. The building was appraised just over that, at $400,000.

So Hambrick and the other school board members felt the best option would be to give it to Grayson County, which needs more storage, office and maintenance space. With the jail expansion taking away the maintenance building and the elections office currently renting outside storage space, the county is looking to expand.

"We don't have to be as specific in our use as the Sherman Independent School District, that will allow us to renovate cheaper,” said Bynum.

Tuesday morning Commissioners voted four to one to accept the administration building at no cost. Sherman’s Mayor Bill Magers said at the meeting he thought it would be difficult to market the building for commercial use, and so also thought giving it to the county was a viable option.

But Commissioner Gene Short has concerns about the building’s age, and questioned why the county would want a building that the City of Sherman itself said wasn’t marketable.

"I think we need a professional evaluation of the building to tell us what condition the building is in. It's a 94 year old building, and it's going to be a very inefficient building,” said Short.

But Judge Drue Bynum and the other commissioners felt the money it would take on repairs is more practical than the cost of building a new facility to meet the county’s needs.

"We have the money in the bank to do some renovations, and renovations have come a long way as far as energy efficiency goes. Couple that with the price of the building, which is zero, and I think it's a perfect situation for the county,” said Bynum.

Bynum said this way tax payers don't end up paying for the old administration building's demolition, repairs or sale, because Sherman residents pay taxes to both the city and county.

"So this was a way that we felt like we could give back to the tax payer by making good use of the facility for the county government,” said Bynum.

The School District hopes to be moved into the new administration building by the end of the semester, in about two months. At that time they will begin helping Grayson County transition into the old building.

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  • by Sal Manila Location: Left over Meat on Oct 22, 2010 at 03:23 PM
    This is a great money saving idea,Mr.Bynum is a great Mayor,but i also agree it should be inspected.All Hail Drew arm......
  • by Pete Location: Sherman on Oct 21, 2010 at 03:20 PM
    "Taxpayer", if you're so concerned about costs for the citizens, take a look at the glass and steel castle the School Board and School District are building for themselves on N. Loy Lake Rd. next to the old Dillingham school. They must have money to burn to be able to afford a Taj Mahal like that! Where are the financial controls? Where are the school board members overseeing the expenses? That place is a palace! Why didn't you check on the plans and the bids when that chrome-plated castle was being proposed?
  • by genus Location: texas on Oct 21, 2010 at 12:13 PM
    Its not common to be energy eff. in texas or ok. So we build bigger and makes a larger tax burden paying the electric bills. If it is great were practicing what we will be preaching in those walls. But I'm afraid that won't be the case.
  • by jason Location: 13th street on Oct 20, 2010 at 07:52 PM
    Al must need a new car..nice new admin building and teachers and staff under paid the whole situation in sherman needs to change and Al needs to go along with all his yes al people
  • by Sherman Location: Sherman on Oct 20, 2010 at 09:01 AM
    Ok guys, please, please think a little before you post, instead of assuming there is socialism lurking behind every rock. If the county tried to build a new building that would meet it's needs and last for several decades, it would cost way more than $1 million. Instead of spending several million to build, the county can just spend one million to renovate a building. Remember some of the same tax payers "own" both the county and the school government. Sounds like the cost of this transaction and the renovations is still less than it would cost the taxpayers if the school had demolished or sold the building for a loss and the county had purchased land and build a new facility. Sounds like an example of good government to me. I know we don't like everything the county does, but could please praise them when they do something good?
  • by mildred Location: Sherman on Oct 20, 2010 at 08:43 AM
    Why not just leave it abandoned? Isn't that what Sherman usually does with its old buildings? Ie: Sherden Mallincluding Monkey Wards buildings, Woodmens Circle, etc.
  • by Jonah Location: out there on Oct 20, 2010 at 07:36 AM
    Oh wonderful, win-win-win, Sherman ISD builds a Taj Mahall, dumps old building, uninspected, the city is happy, the county is happy, Sherman ISD smiling, and you get the bill. What happens when the feds say shut it down it has asbestos. Grayson County gets to bull dozz it and guess what? Builds a new building. Smell a rat. A real shell game boondoggle. Oh how wonderful we are represented. That's ok the money will all be taxed away and then what does to government do. Germany killed millions, Russia killed millions, and Red China killed millions and is still at it. It is our turn, think about that.
  • by John Q Location: Texas on Oct 20, 2010 at 05:16 AM
    Dang I hate to agree with anything Drue says but he's right. The cost of this building is $0 dollars so renovating and remodeling this building to suit the County's needs makes a great deal more sense than spending a ton of money buying or building a new one. Also its only a few blocks from their present location. Handy. Commissioner Short also has a valid point. This building is old so I also think it would be prudent to have it inspected. Whatever issues are found with the building can be addressed when it is remodeled. This sounds like a win - win situation for both the taxpayers and the County to me.
  • by TaxPayer Location: Sherman on Oct 19, 2010 at 08:08 PM
    Well for once Mr. Short, I agree 110%. This building is junk, it is need of MAJOR repairs, why do the rest of you think SISD is pulling out? Take the $1 million you set aside for renovations and build something. This builing is worse than what employees are in now. What a shame, tear it down.
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