S&S school board proposes $20.5 million school bond

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SADLER, Texas (KXII) -- The Sadler - Southmayd community could be getting a new middle school., but it all depends whether voters say yes to a $20.5 million bond.

S&S Middle School has been serving students in grades 6th through 8th since 1939.

And after 80 years, some say its time for a brand new middle school.

"That would be a 20 core classroom facility and that would also include an interior storm shelter that would accommodate all the students in that building," said Superintendent Roger Reed.

The $20.5 million bond request was approved by the school board Monday.

The parents we talked to say come November, they plan to vote yes.

"We should want a new middle school. I think our kids deserve it and they're obviously out growing it," said Matt Matejka.

As a district, Reed tells us there are currently 890 students enrolled for the school year, which is at an all time high.

If the bond passes, he says taxes would increase about $240 a year for every $75,000 your property is worth on the tax rolls.

"I know I can afford $20 a month in order to provide our kids with better facilities," Matejka said.

Heather LaRosa says she chose to enroll her kids in the S&S school district over Sherman because the middle school is from 6th to 8th grade.

But if this school bond passes, 5th grade would be moving up into middle school, freeing up classrooms in the already maxed out elementary school.

"We liked the idea of her staying with the younger kids an extra year, so that would be a con for me," LaRosa said.

Despite that, she believes a new middle school is needed.

"Some new facilities would probably be really good." Heather LaRosa

If community members approve the bond, Reed says it would take two years to build the middle school in Sadler.

S&S isn't the only area hoping to pass a bond on November 7th.

Howe has approved a $17 million bond.

And Pottsboro's school board has spent months discussing a bond of well over $50 million, but the superintendent has not yet unveiled the details.

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