Bond Issue Passes in Texhoma
KSCB News - May 16, 2011 10:34 am
Texhoma Independent School District Superintendent Hope Appel is breathing a sigh of relief today. She can now move forward with building quality housing in her school district after voters approved a bond on Saturday by a 75-31 vote.
It puts Appel’s mind at ease a little bit.
“It does,” Appel said. “It showsthat we have a lot of support in Texhoma for our school district and they realize the importance of trying to get kids into our schools and knowing that the only way we can do that is to put in housing.
“We’re on our way.”
The $1.05 million bond will help build six homes on the Texas side of Texhoma — the district is building two with its own money to bring the total to eight — in the hopes that it will bring in families with elementary-aged children.
The reason? Texhoma ISD is set to lose an extra $590,000 a year because its student count is below a state mandate.
The cutoff is 90. Texhoma has an average Daily Attendance of 85.
Losing an extra $590K per year would deplete the sdistrict’s savings in two years.
The district will put out the requests for proposals May 23, let that run for three weeks, then the board will meet again to choose vendors.
The first house will be done within three to four months — just in time for the start of school next fall.