Sherman ISD asking for community's help with next bond proposal

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SHERMAN, Texas (KXII) -- After Sherman ISD's $308 million bond failed this weekend, the district is now calling out to voters, asking for input on how to improve aging facilities and outdated technology.

The bond proposal would have raised taxes on average about $200 annually to pay for a three phase improvement plan. The voters spoke Saturday and shot down the bond.

"Well it was too much at once, look at the number $308 million, that's kind of scary," Sherman voter Samuel Wade said.

"They had too many projects going at one time," Sherman voter Katy Hurd said.

With the Sherman population expected to keep expanding, the school district said overcrowding is a real issue.

In the last 10 years, they've seen a 15 percent increase in student enrollment and they only expect even more in the future. The current high school is already full.

"We've rededicated our efforts to include more people in the conversation and listen carefully to what the citizens say," SISD Superintendent David Hicks said.

The district said they want to hear from voters in person or through the online community survey. It's all to help the Building Bearcats committee come up with a new proposal.

"I think what the community has said over and over again is pick the most pressing needs and what will impact the greatest number of children, and that would be our high school and technology," Hicks said.

"So I think the watch word today is incremental change and what is the community ready to do," SISD Board President Tim Millerick said.

Superintendent David Hicks said he thinks a lower and more focused proposal may help. Voters agree.

"I would vote for a tax increase that was lower," Hurd said.

"Focus on two of them, cause education, new technology everything is going technical, so the kids need it," Wade said.

"If we want to change our facilities, improve our facilities, the only way to do that is the bond issue," Hicks said.

The board will have to approve the committee's recommendation by August in order to get the next bond on the November ballot.