No tax increase at Bonham ISD

Bonham – The Bonham School Board will not be holding a tax ratification election this year. Board members Monday approved the motion to delay such an election by a 5/2 margin.

The board had been pondering the idea of a 12 cent increase to the district's maintenance and operation tax. Instead, the rate will remain at $1.04, meaning no additional costs will be placed on residents.

According to Bonham Superintendent Sonny Cruse the board, based on the current economic climate, doesn't feel it would be a good time to pass a higher tax.

The decision to raise school taxes has recently become a hot issue around the region, with the increasing costs of prices such as fuel and food.

The Greenville School Board next month will decide whether to raise its tax rate up to an additional 13 cents, which would require voter approval.

Also Monday Superintendent Curse gave a presentation to board members regarding the status of several district paving and renovation projects.

Parking outside the district's football field will go from rock to pavement, while pavement is also being laid for roads at the district's I.W. Evans, High School and Bailey English campuses.

Bonham ISD is also renovating its administrative building on its Bailey English campus to also house the Fannin County Head Start program, a preschool service for three and four year olds.

Superintendent Cruse says the new location will provide a better and more secure environment for students that's more conducive to learning. The Head Start program will occupy about three-quarters of the building.

Cruse hopes all paving and renovations are in place by August 18. Improvements have been in the works since May. Last spring officials allocated money for the projects through the district's budget and fund balance.