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Old SISD admin building back in district's hands with senior living facility in the works

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Published: Dec. 12, 2017 at 5:04 PM CST
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The old Sherman ISD administration building off King Street now officially belongs to the school district after a decision at Tuesday's commissioner court meeting.

The building has been in Sherman for over 100 years. It was used as a middle school, high school, and until 2011, an administration building. That's when the school district no longer needed it so they donated it to Grayson County.

"The county took it over and has been utilizing it since then," said Tyson Bennett, the Sherman I.S.D. Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations.

The county tried to sell it to developers who wanted to turn it into a low income senior living facility. That didn't work because there weren't enough tax credits for the developer.

"School district property, if it's ever ceased its use for governmental purposes that property reverts back to the school," Bennett said.

"For this to take place to county has to re-donate it back to the SISD," said county judge Bill Magers.

So now the building is back in Sherman ISD's hands. They said they have a revitalized mission to make that low income senior living facility a reality.

"We're back this year, the developer is back to do this once again," Bennett said.

It's something Karla Hughlett, who lives across the street, is excited about.

"When my parents moved up here there was nowhere for them to stay, so we had a house built for them," she said. "We'd love to have something done with it. It's a beautiful old building."

The school district said they'll have an update on the progress in the next month or so.

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