Bonham ISD calls for $7M bond election

By: Victoria Maranan Email
By: Victoria Maranan Email

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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  • by Justin Location: Bonham on May 6, 2012 at 11:44 PM
    This bond needs to pass because all not one schools need bad renovation. Maybe this is why the district is in bad shape because no one cares to improve things around this god forsaken town. Look at Denison ISD they passed a $70 million bond and you don't here that town whine and crying out taxes. Thats why this town is falling apart, because no one care to improve around here. VOTE YES!!!!!! for the BOND
  • by Anonymous Location: ravenna on May 2, 2012 at 08:09 PM
    fix 50 yr. old buildings!!!!!
  • by Info Location: Bonham on May 2, 2012 at 09:13 AM
    As far Sonny's salary goes, I believe it's earned. He has a lot of knowledge and a lot of education. His salary isn't outrageous compared to other schools our same size. I love to see all the new technology our students get to use because he has encouraged applying for grants in order to get these things. As far as maintenance goes: How is the maintenance department suppose to move walls? Or remove asbestos? Not to mention if any of the water fountains break, they will probably have the best luck finding parts in antique shop. No kidding. And as far as 3 strikes you're out....Melissa tried like 20 times or so? It's a necessity people. Get use to the idea of constantly having a bond issue if you keep voting them down. It doesn't change the need. If we wait too long, I'm afraid we are going to have a REAL issue with taxes being to high because the schools will need major repairs all at the same time. It's better to spread it out over time. Keep in mind, we are getting close to paying off Finley Oates.
  • by Don Location: Bonham on May 2, 2012 at 07:53 AM
    Sorry, but no thanks to this bond. While Sonny is sitting up in the administration building making a 6 figure income, my vote will go no. We have one of the worst school districts in all of North Texas. Instead of paying my hard earned tax money to a school system that fails on every level, I'd pay for my kids to go to a PRIVATE SCHOOL, where kids are actually taught. No to this bond!
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      by Joe Bill on May 2, 2012 at 08:39 AM in reply to Don
      Now Don if you send your kids to a private school at a cost of at least $5000.00 to $10,000 per year you will still have to pay school tax to Bonham ISD. Best thing for you to do is get elected to the local school board of education and get the problems solved. When your public school goes so goes your town. Public school education is still the best way to go,and always will be in most towns.
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      by Justin on May 6, 2012 at 11:38 PM in reply to Don
      Don your being rediculous people like you should shut up and vote YES for the bond. No matter who is Superintendent.
  • by Bonhamite on May 2, 2012 at 05:15 AM
    It sounds like they are just bent on passing a bond, ANY bond, just pass one! Can't pass $25M? Try $7M three or four times. Get this one through, you will see another one in a year or so for another critical "need". Why is I.W. Evans falling apart? I thought Bonham ISD had a maintenance department. What do they do all day?
  • by Parent Location: Bonham on May 2, 2012 at 04:51 AM
    Hope it passes this time! The improvements are really needed.
  • by John on May 2, 2012 at 04:39 AM
    And if voted down, Three strikes, you're out
  • by Jim Location: Bonham on May 1, 2012 at 10:57 PM
    I have a 40 acre farm with a decent house and one old one and my taxes will go up $15.50/month or about $200/year. That's not so bad but they have 3 other campuses to fix and in the not too near distant future they will have their own bond elections. So I see a nickle and dime proposition here looking at $800/year in tax increases in five years perhaps. And then Cruze will have the nevre to ask for a raise and also for his cadre just for putting more taxes on us. Administration still is too richly rewarded for the results they achieve. It must be nice to be one of the highest paid officials in Fannin county, in charge of a venture that can never run out of money!
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      by Bob Thornton@Windom on May 2, 2012 at 10:14 AM in reply to Jim
      If you would have voted for the first one you wouldn't be in said position,you picked your poison, now come into the future, or sit back and watch your farm disapear.Move Bonham forward, quit giving excuses.Vote Yes
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        by Larry on May 2, 2012 at 06:29 PM in reply to Bob Thornton@Windom
        VOTE NO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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        by Jim on May 2, 2012 at 09:50 PM in reply to Bob Thornton@Windom
        Yeah move Bonham forward, spend more money. Give Cruze a raise. Excess taxation is not going to do anything other than convence folks to move on themselves. If previous school boards hadn't spent like a drunk sailor, it might be a different story. Like the thousands of dollars spent on a parcel of land near the prison. Last I knew some friend of the school district was getting hay off of it for nothing. My property taxes have nearly doubled since I came here and the kids are no better educated now than 20 years ago. Oh yeah they have better toys and all the administraion make a lot more money. Or maybe your forgot about the tour bus the football team got or the $50,000 irrigation system for the football field. You starting to get some sense about why some people might have a problem with this?
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