Normangee Prepares for School Bond

By: Amanda O'Neal
By: Amanda O'Neal

Over the past three years eight Brazos Valley schools have had school bond elections. All but one passed and construction on those new school projects is either complete or underway.

Normangee is the newest district to consider a bond to build. The school board will take a vote to move forward with the bond election process at its August 14th meeting.

Normangee ISD Superintendent, Gary Adams, is about to join the many others who have put together a bond package for voters. Adams and other school officials are proposing a new facility for the district's 600 students.

" We have plans to build a building that will have a gym, a library containing a computer lab, six classrooms, and dressing rooms for the gymnasium," said Adams.

School officials would like the current gym to be turned into a multi-purpose auditorium for the schools and the community.

" We would definitely like it to be a room that can be used for several different purposes. A place for our band, drama club, and choir to perform.

The estimated price tag for the project is more than $5 million, but that figure could rise due to an anticipated increase in construction supplies.

Still, Adams is hoping Normangee's school bond will have the same success as several other Brazos Valley districts.

Voters in Anderson- Shiro, Brenham, Bryan, Franklin, Hearne, Navasota, and North Zulch approved bond elections to build new schools and renovate campuses.

And all had one common goal, to improve the quality of education for children.

Burton ISD was considering a school bond, but tabled the issue and decided to maintain its' current buildings. Calvert's school bond failed twice, but some residents have filed a law suit alleging voter fraud and say the bond should have passed.


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