BONHAM, TX-Bonham ISD is hoping the third time's the charm for a school bond issue. The $25-million bond was voted down twice last year, but this time around they hope a less expensive price tag will get them the votes they need to improve a deteriorating school.
Bonham school officials called for a $7-million bond election in March to help renovate I.W. Evans Intermediate. The building is now over 50 years old and in desperate need of repairs.
Bonham superintendent, Sonny Cruse, said some of their school buildings are just falling apart. A $25-million bond failed twice, but they have no choice but to try again. This time, hoping to pass a $7-million bond.
"Well the bottom line is we need to improve our school facilities and the only way to improve our school facilities is through a bond election. We can't generate enough funds to do it any other way," he said.
But this time, they're focusing on one building at a time.
"Based on input from the community, the board thought it was best just to focus on I.W. Evans. That's what the community has said a couple of times that 'if you focus on Evans, that's a project we can get behind' so that's what we're hopeful of," he said.
Cruse said I.W. Evans has been around for 50 years and the building has been deteriorating.
"It is overcrowded, our classrooms are undersized, our library's undersized, the gym's undersized and, per state's standards, it's all undersized," he said.
The $7-million school bond will help build eight classrooms, a bigger gym and update facilities for today's technology. Cruse said the bond also means higher taxes with the average homeowner paying an additional $2.33 a month.
"If they raise their taxes, go ahead and raise those taxes. You know? Three dollars more that you're gonna pay, that's not very much to have a new school. It's for the kids."
Bonham resident, Maria Salinas, said three generations of her family attended Bonham schools and she said it's time for a change.
"My kids are already grown up but I got great grandkids. And by the time they grow up, those schools are gonna be falling down," she said.
You can vote early at the Fannin County Courthouse until May 7th. Election day is May 12th.
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