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New Commerce Middle School Would Replace Building More Than 50 Years Old

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Commerce ISD Superintendent Charlie Alderman and School Board President Kathleen Hooten discuss the proposed bond issue on the Nov. 2 election ballot. The bond issue would provide, among other things, the construction of a new Commerce Middle School adjacent to Commerce High School. The superintendent notes that the existing middle school is the former Commerce High School building, constructed more than 50 years ago in 1968. He says the cost of renovation would be high because of the asbestos in the walls, and also there are structural problems with the building.

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Dr. John Mark Dempsey is an associate professor of radio-television at A&M-Commerce, part of the department of Literature and Languages. He works part-time as a news announcer-producer for the Texas State Network in Dallas. Dr. Dempsey was the first student to broadcast on KETR back in 1975 and was also the first person to broadcast Commerce Tigers football on the station (as a student.)