Sherman ISD hits record student enrollment

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SHERMAN, Tex. (KXII) -- Sherman ISD has a record number of students this year.

With 7,491 students, 205 more than last school year alone, the district said the new $176 million bond proposal could fix these overcrowding issues.

"The schools are just not big enough," Vernetta Coleman said.

Vernetta Coleman's two kids went through Sherman schools.

She said she never thought the enrollment would jump this high.

"The school was overcrowded back in the day, but this is way more because there's more people than there used to be," Coleman said.

"Enrollment has increased over 1,000 students in the past 10 years and we are predicted to hit over 1,000 more students over the next 10 years," SISD Assistant Superintendent of Student Support & Engagement Tamy Smalskas said.

In this school year already, 70 more students enrolled in Dillingham Intermediate and 60 more in the high school.

Sherman High now has 1,910 students, more than 400 over capacity.

"It says a lot about what we have to offer in Sherman, people are coming to Sherman to stay," SISD Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction Susan Whitenack said.

But it also points to the main issue addressed in the $176 million dollar bond proposal: overcrowding.

The bond calls for an annual tax increase of $210 for every $100,000 your home is worth.

It would fund construction of a new $157.9 million high school with enhanced career and technical education. It would have a 2,300 student capacity with room for 300 more if needed.

The bond also includes $12.6 million in technology infrastructure upgrades. The rest would cover renovating the old high school to make another middle school and converting Dillingham to another elementary.

"Every time you transition with students, it messes with their social learning and it messes with their academics," Whitenack said.

Instead of the four transitions in place now, they would reconfigure all the schools to house K-5, 6-8 and 9-12.

"The main purpose in all of this is to reduce the number of transitions our kids go through," Whitenack said.

The bond election is on Nov. 7.