TUSCOLA, Texas - Voters in the Jim Ned CISD have a $20-million school bond proposition on the ballot this year.
The district wants to consolidate all elementary schools and send students to a new school they would build in Tuscola.
There is controversy about the proposal. Some people say by closing the Buffalo Gap and Lawn elementary schools they would lose a sense of identity in those small towns.
After assessing the condition of all schools in the district, a master plan was drawn up that would close the Buffalo Gap and Lawn schools and build a combined elementary school next to the Jim Ned High School in Tuscola. The cost, just over $19-million.
Tuesday night, Superintendent Bobby Easterling hosted an information meeting outlining what the new school would provide if the bond passes.
The bond would also provide money for three new science labs in Jim Ned schools.
If passed, Easterling says the estimated tax increase for the owner of a $100,000 home would be about $180 per year.
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