Pottsboro school board discusses new bond proposal

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POTTSBORO, Tex. (KXII) -- Pottsboro ISD's $58.7 million bond election failed in November. After talking with voters, the board's now thinking about cutting the price in half.

Superintendent Kevin Matthews said the elementary school and middle school are at capacity and growth is expected.

"We gained a lot of input during the bond last time, even though we were disappointed the bond failed, we learned a lot," Matthews said.

The two prior bond proposals on the November 2017 ballot, one for $54.7 million and another at $4 million, were shot down by voters. The total tax increase would have been $34 a month for the average homeowner.

"I personally felt like $54.7 million for Pottsboro, Texas was excessive," voter Drue Bynum said.

After a meeting last month and another one Monday, some voters like Drue Bynum have changed their minds.

"They were very humble and very open and I think we hammered out a plan tonight that we can take to the voters very soon," Bynum said.

The board and voters in attendance decided the most urgent needs are a new elementary school, technology infrastructure upgrades and renovation and expansion to the field house. The estimated cost is $27 million.

"Moving some people around to different campuses and building a new elementary school," Bynum said.

"That we're providing the technology that we need to have our students compete in the worlds they're gonna live in," voter Lenda Green said.

Voters like Lenda Green said they also want to see storm shelters added in as an extra proposal.

"I think if we're going to build new facilities, we need to consider those things and make it a place where our kids will be safe if we have storms coming through the area," Green said.

The board is now estimating the cost of adding possibly three storm shelters. The proposals must be approved by the board by Friday to get them on the May ballot.

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