Voters in Bonham approve $7 million school bond

By: First News Email
By: First News Email

BONHAM, TX -- Residents in Bonham approved a $7 million school bond Saturday.

Results show 844 people voted for the bond, while 566 voted against it.

Bonham Superintendent Sonny Cruse says the bond will pay for renovations at I.W. Evans Intermediate School.

The money will build eight new classrooms, a bigger gym, and updated facilities. Cruse said the bond means higher taxes, with the average homeowner paying an additional $2.33 per month.

A $25 million bond was voted down twice last year.


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  • by wrong priorities on May 26, 2012 at 08:24 PM
    If we stopped wasting money on the sports programs (new restrooms at the football field,fieldhouse, new track, and the watering of the football field) and spend the money on building maintenance and education we would not need a bond.
  • by bonham on May 24, 2012 at 05:52 AM
    This has nothing to do with renovations or education! Its all about appearance as is everything in Bonham. Look at the City Hall!! Come on people lets get back to the basics, which is a good education in a drug free atmophere!!
  • by Anonymous Location: Bonham on May 20, 2012 at 06:42 PM
    I wish it were that easy. State governments mandate that school improvements, renovations and construction be done by licenced and bonded contractors.
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      by taxpayer on May 21, 2012 at 07:52 PM in reply to
      And there are no licensed and bonded contractors that are also parents or grandparents in the school?
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        by anonymous on May 22, 2012 at 06:26 AM in reply to taxpayer
        at this point, it is no longer a donation of time and energy. The license, bond and insureance expendatures are for revenue generating business. I do not know of any contractors that could give up six to twelve months of revenue and still afford to keep said licenses, bonds and insurance.
  • by Harold Location: Bonham on May 18, 2012 at 08:20 AM
    and we continue to have a majority of teachers who graduate from Bonham, commute to college in Commerce, then go to work for BISD with ZERO life experience outside of the confines of Bonham. If they do not like the facilities, apply somewhere else.
  • by Hmmmmm Location: Denison on May 17, 2012 at 01:27 PM
    Government spending borrowed money, and raising taxes. Is this Bonham or Obamaham?
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      by Bond Schmond on May 17, 2012 at 03:04 PM in reply to Hmmmmm
      Hmmmmmmm
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      by Logic on May 21, 2012 at 11:54 AM in reply to Hmmmmm
      Only taxes I have seen go up since Obama are local ones...my Federal Tax rate remains the same it did when he took office. Personally, I don't want any more of my Federal Taxes cut...just means another program gets cuts I may support...including veteran benefits which they are currently discussing getting cut as we speak.
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        by Illogical on May 23, 2012 at 07:09 AM in reply to Logic
        "Personally, I don't want any more of my Federal Taxes cut" Irionically, you're taxes (as well as the other of us in the 47% who DO pay Federal taxes) are about to have them go up. you'll soon be able to pic even MORE entitlement programs to support!
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          by Logic on May 24, 2012 at 05:29 PM in reply to Illogical
          No tax hikes are on the horizon...explain how my Federal Taxes are about to go up? You think something like that can get through the House? Hell even the Senate! Regardless, if they go up a percent so be it. If that keeps the VA Hospital open in Bonham another year, so be it...
  • by Bond Shmond Location: Fannin Co on May 16, 2012 at 01:49 PM
    Well praise the Lord Almighty! That school has been making Bonham look trashy for years, certainly not the run down meth houses that flood the area. Improving the facilities isn't going to create any better students coming out of BISD schools. They're still all going to have at least 2 illegitimate children each, some sort of incurable std and will still park their trailer house somewhere in Fannin County after graduation and contribute in no way to society with the exception of their meth sales.
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      by listens to birds on May 22, 2012 at 06:30 AM in reply to Bond Shmond
      There are places like that EVERYWHERE. I'm sorry you are unable to see the good in this. I am lucky to see the good in this, our community and even the future.
  • by listens to birds Location: Bonham on May 15, 2012 at 12:12 PM
    What I think a lot of people are missing is this bond was NOT just for the kids. It is for Bonham! Do you people not want to attract a more affluant tax base? People of means, with a choice of where to live, look at the facilities available. It is sad that you don't aspire to make Bonham better. You say you don't trust people in power to spend the money correctly? Well, start holding them accountable. SHOW UP to BISD meetings. I say you have the right to complain when it is you doing the work. Thanks again to the voters that did come out!
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      by bonham on May 24, 2012 at 05:46 AM in reply to listens to birds
      Its gonna take more than just a pretty school to attract people to this town!! Can you honestly say that you do all your shopping and business here? I would say NO!! Its all about appearance for you people!!
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        by listens to birds on May 24, 2012 at 11:16 AM in reply to bonham
        You people? I am sorry, I am not certain what people you are addressing. I am not all about appearance. As for where I shop, I am actually too lazy to drive farther than Brookshires for very much. :)
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          by bonham on May 24, 2012 at 02:45 PM in reply to listens to birds
          guess that would make you 1 out of 100!! I grew up here and Bonham has allways been this way
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      by Bonhamite on May 26, 2012 at 08:14 PM in reply to listens to birds
      Make Bonham better it is going to take more than a facelift to a school the powers that be in Bonham do not want new business in Bonham because they would loose some of their power and influence but when all the businesses close who will they have power and influence over then?
  • by taxpayer Location: bonham on May 15, 2012 at 10:10 AM
    I read everyones comments, and see both sides, but it really boils down to; Do the children really care for a newly updated facility? Or would they benefit more from teachers that are there for them, to teach them and to inspire them to be more than their circumstances in life say they are? I know a few of the children and teens that are part of the BISD institution. I've heard about bullying, fighting, stealing, all within the student body of the school and nothing being done about it. And why are we as taxpayers paying for police officers to be posted at the high school? The updated building won't make a difference to the children, MORE teachers, and education programs for our parents will!!!
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      by parent on May 16, 2012 at 09:39 PM in reply to taxpayer
      The kids I know at Evans DO indeed care about getting their school updated and enlarged. Same goes for the teachers. Search "inadequate school facilities" and you will find lots of research and information out there that points to the fact that the quality of the school facilities does indeed matter to the quality of education.
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        by Good parent on May 23, 2012 at 07:11 AM in reply to parent
        "The kids I know at Evans DO indeed care about getting their school updated and enlarged"..and my kid wants the new iPhone too. But I refuse to saddle her with that kind of debt.
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          by bonham on May 24, 2012 at 05:47 AM in reply to Good parent
          amen good parent
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          by parent on May 26, 2012 at 06:58 PM in reply to Good parent
          My kid wants the new iphone too, but I say no to that too. I just want my kid to have adequate electrical systems so they don't start a fire when they try to use the technology in their classroom. I also want my kid to go to school without any cancer causing asbestos in it. I also want my kid to go to a school with adequate plumbing so that there no longer are periods of time when it smells like a dirty diapers. I would like my kid to go to a school that is handicapped accessible and meets state standards for size. And I am willing to pay my fair share for all of these things (it's about $5 a month for me.)
  • by Anonymous on May 15, 2012 at 05:43 AM
    I think everyone that pays BISD taxes should be able to vote on the bond. And those that don't have property in BISD should not have a say in the rasing of our taxes.
  • by Rick Location: bonham on May 14, 2012 at 07:45 PM
    I really don't understand why I have to pay for someone else's comfort. Why don't the 844 "yes" people foot the bill if "looks" is so important to them. I have 5 children who we homeschool, do not use the schools at all, live in a 83 year old house, make many, many sacfrices to give them the best education and "TIME" to never miss a teachable moment, WHY should I be penalized to make this BISD cosmetically to look "good". This just isn't right! and that is why it won't work because BISD is crooked!
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      by Joe Bob on May 15, 2012 at 10:43 AM in reply to Rick
      Rick if you teach these kids at home they will be no smarter than you. Let them go to school and get a good education and they can live in a new house,and will not have to make as many sacrifices as you did.
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      by Dillard on May 18, 2012 at 11:05 AM in reply to Rick
      Amdahl's law, which I learned in PUBLIC school, also applies to education. In a 1970's study, it showed that a diversity of knowledge combined with a diversity of styles inevitable out-teaches the "I am a mini-education god" approach of home schooling. Put simply, your kids will even more ignorant than you if you home school. And there is the reality that you can easily pick out the homeschool kids in a crowd. Look to their socialization (aka behaving) skills. We have many many problems in Public Education, starting with Prez Carter paying off the Teacher's Unions with an unnecessary and counter productive bureaucracy, DoE. Home schooling is clearly NOT a solution.
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        by Rick on May 18, 2012 at 04:22 PM in reply to Dillard
        "Indoctrination in Public Schools - The Call to Dunkirk - YouTube" www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRGZLSVph3A Interesting 5 minute video. You kind gentlemen are missing my point! I don't understand why myself and many , many others who do not use the school system have to pay for your comfort. If it is not that much extra each month we are looking at , then why doesn't someone pick up my tab and pay it for me ! I already give them (BISD) 1k a year. Why don't you concerned parents devote some of your time and do the remodeling yourselves or is it like everything else you teach your children, that it is much much easier to buy something than to give up time, the most precious thing we have! 7 million dollars is alot of money, in the hands of ????????
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          by parent on May 20, 2012 at 10:53 PM in reply to Rick
          The renovations are not about comfort or looking good. They are getting rid of asbestos, they are making the classrooms bigger, they are rewiring and re-plumbing the place, they are adding on to it to alleviate overcrowding, they are making the place safer, more accessible, etc. The people doing the work need to be licensed, not just some parents volunteering their time on the weekends. And the reason everyone has to chip in their fair share, whether or not they use the school system is because we, as a country decided that educating everyone was better for our entire community. When we fail to educate people, they often end up in prison or living on welfare, which means everyone has to either pay now or later. I, for one, would much rather pay now to educate kids now rather than pay more later to lock them up, feed them and/or otherwise support them.
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      by Logic on May 21, 2012 at 10:02 AM in reply to Rick
      Ok..so because you have chosen to keep your kids at home, you feel that everyone else must do the same? We all aren't teaching our kids the gospel as science man sorry...you can't find out how to fix a Dell Server in the Bible sorry. You can't learn how to do calculus from the Book of Luke! AND, most importantly, you won't learn about biodiversity and evolution from the Bible...only that a magic man in the sky willed everything into existence with his mind...and for my 6 year old, that simply is not enough of an answer to satisfy her!
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