Trustees for Sulphur Springs Independent School District will hold a special board meeting at noon Friday to listen to “bond proposal information” to be presented by Dan Almon with Southwest Securities.
No action is slated to be taken on the matter, but school officials will have the option of entering into executive session following the administrative reports and information portion of the meeting.
School administrators and board members have been visiting district campuses, speaking with staff about the possibility of constructing a new middle school on district-owned property south of Interstate 30. They explained current discussions by the board and administrators regarding proposals, and asked for input from the staff.
During a January meeting with consultant Mike Harper, former superintendent at Ennis when voters approved bond elections for new school facilities there, the board discussed what would be required should trustees opt to seek a bond election to construct a new school as well as the impact that would have on other campuses.
The talks included changes which would affect elementary and middle school students of SSISD. The discussion centered around construction of a new school which would house middle school students, those in grades six through eight, on property south of the interstate which the district purchased two years ago.
The current middle school facility between League and Texas Streets, which is structurally sound although not necessarily a “modern” facility, would then be used to house third and fourth grade students.
First and second graders would be housed only at Bowie, Lamar and Travis Elementary campuses. Austin Elementary, a 70-year old structure which continues to need many repairs between and during the school year, would be shut down, Superintendent Patsy Bolton noted at the January meeting.
If the school board opts to pursue the project, they will be required to call for a bond election before or during the March board meeting to get in on the ballot in May.
Friday’s board meeting begins at noon in the board room of SSISD Administration Building, 631 Connally St.
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