Pottsboro ISD board trims bond package, projects to $54M – News – Herald Democrat – Texas News

Pottsboro ISD board trims bond package, projects to $54M – News – Herald Democrat – Texas News

POTTSBORO — The Pottsboro Independent School District’s board of trustees held a special meeting Tuesday to create a trimmed-down version of the initial bond package proposed to the group back in February.

The board spent five hours discussing projects, prices and priorities, before coming to a consensus on a still-somewhat-fluid $54 million bond package. The proposal includes a new $27 million elementary school, a $15.6 million renovation of the middle school, $2.8 million in renovations to Pottsboro High School and $2.5 million in district-wide technology upgrades. The publicly staffed Community Facilities Team presented the board with a $61 million version of the bond back in February after the district tasked the group with developing a series of projects to update Pottsboro ISDs aging facilities. The board did not call a bond election following the presentation but instead pledged to workshop the bond package in the following months. Pottsboro ISD Superintendent Kevin Matthews said the prices discussed Tuesday reflected estimates generated between December 2016 and April 2017.

“We have wallowed this thing up one side and down the other,” Board President Jim Copeland said of the proposed bond package. “We have talked it to death. We’ve got our community assessment team’s opinions, we’ve talked to architects, the superintendent, assistant superintendent, everybody has given their input on this deal.”

Copeland, who suffered from a self-diagnosed case of “sticker shock” after the first iteration of the bond was proposed five months ago, called for…

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