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Citizens in favor of another bond election at BISD

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By Scott Harvey

Bonham – Dozens of community members were in attendance Monday night during the first in a series of facility improvement workshops for the Bonham ISD.

The meeting was scheduled to discuss the district's facility needs and to brainstorm potential plans to address those needs.

Citizens took a vote on a number of items, including if the district should consider calling a bond election this November. Of the 52 people present, 45 responded "yes." Four were against the idea, while three individuals abstained. BISD has conducted two bond elections within the past three years, coming up 143 votes shy in May, but a significant improvement from November 2009.

Community members also Monday overwhelmingly voted I.W. Evans the school of greatest need, followed by Bonham High School. Both schools were part of the May bond package which was valued at nearly $25 million.

Residents were nearly split on if multiple bond proposals should be offered if an election were to take place this November, while a large number of people, 16, thought the maximum dollar amount should be $25 million, the same value of the May election. The lower the value, the lower the amount of votes received. However, 14 people voted for "other amount."

A November bond election would not be official until approved by the Bonham ISD Board.

The next meeting is scheduled for August 4 and all BISD community members are encouraged to attend.