City of Sherman, Sherman ISD eyeing land for future development

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SHERMAN, Texas (KXII)- It's no secret that Sherman is a growing city.

So it comes as no surprise that the number of students in Sherman schools is growing as well.

"This year we started out with around 200 students than we had the previous year, which is about 3 percent growth," said Sherman ISD's assistant superintendent, Tyson Bennett.

For the past six months, the city of Sherman and SISD have met to discuss this growth, and how they can work together to accommodate the larger population.

"We want to plan together to make sure we are strategically doing the best thing possible in terms of our facility growth," Bennett explained.

"Part of the process of working with the school district is identifying different properties around the are that could be work for a future multi-use facility for the city and the school district to use jointly," added Nate Strauch, communications director for the city of Sherman.

A possible step forward includes the purchase of 100 acres of land land off FM 1417 at OB Groner Road.

"As we see that growth, especially on the west side, we want to make sure we continue to have great schools, and that's really what these conversations are about," Strauch said.

It's space the district may need, not just based off this year's growth, but growth from the past decade.

"We've grown the equivalent of about 2 elementary schools over the past 10 years," Bennett said.

Although rumors of a new high school have circulated for years, the district wants to assure everyone there's no plans for that right now.

"We want to make sure we engage our community first and then we make a determination on what the best course of action is for Sherman ISD and the community," Bennett clarified.

Such a large plot has many potential uses, but its purpose remains undefined.