SSISD board calls $33.48 million bond election
Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor

July 7, 2004 -- Trustees for Sulphur Springs Independent School District, meeting in a special session at noon today, approved an order calling for a $33.48 million bond election on Sept. 11, which will feature two proposals.

Proposition No. 1 on the Sept. 11 bond election will ask voters to approve a $29.98 million bond to construct a new school to house grades three through five, as well as tennis courts and a track at the high school, and also covers costs for renovations at current facilities.

The project would call for reorganization of the current structure of schools, and would include additional classrooms at most facilities to provide adequate room for instruction. Overcrowding at the schools over the past few years has called for redesignation of storage spaces and special purpose areas as classrooms, and has left some instructors teaching from "mobile carts" which allow them to carry their materials from room to room.

Proposition No. 2 is for a $3.5 million multipurpose building, which would serve as an indoor practice facility located at Sulphur Spring High School where it would be available for all extracurricular activities and programs, including but not limited to band, athletics, cheerleading and drill teams.

The motion for a bond election was approved unanimously, with all board members present except Eddie Northcutt, who is out of town.

"He told me he wanted folks to know that he is very supportive of this and indicated that he would put it in writing if need be," Superintendent Patsy Bolton said following the motion.

Board members reported that the feedback they have been receiving from the community regarding the bond and construction of the new facilities has been favorable and very supportive.

Foy Williams said that he strongly believes approving the bond is the "next step in maintaining" the top quality education he had associated with SSISD in the 25 years he had been in Sulphur Springs.

"I've been around here a lot of years," Jacqueline Brice said. "I've seen a lot of changes. I think we are going in the right direction right now for the students, teachers and community."

"I'm excited about this too," board president Norman Sanders Jr. said. "It's a good plan using the school district's assets that we have. I think its the best plan I have seen in my almost four years on the board."

School officials concluded the open portion of the meeting by reminding voters that they have until Aug. 12 to register to vote in the Sept. 11 bond election, and noted that early voting will be conducted at the administration building weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 25-Sept. 7. Several other temporary locations will be set up at the various school campuses during parent orientation days and other activities to provide an additional opportunity for parents to participate in early voting.

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