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Gilmer ISD calls bond election for new high school, additions

By Christina Lane
Aug. 22, 2013 at 3:15 p.m.

GILMER - The Gilmer ISD school board unanimously called a $36.2 million November bond election Thursday night to build a new high school, multipurpose facility and classrooms at Bruce Junior High School.

"This was a well thought out process, and this is a very proactive approach to ensure that our students are in the most cutting-edge, technological school," board Vice President Mike Tackett said.

Voters will decide the outcome of the three propositions Nov. 5. Should all three propositions pass, the district's tax rate would increase 26 cents per $100 valuation. An average property owner with a $100,000 home, would see an increase in taxes of about $220 annually or $18.35 per month.

"This will have a real economic impact for our community," board President Jeff Rash said. "A high school is the flagship of any community. What are we? We're the Buckeyes. That's not just for the high school, it's for the whole community."

Proposition one asks voters to consider approving a $30.6 million high school to be built at the same location as the existing Gilmer High School. The proposed building would be 122,000 square feet and could house up to 800 students, Superintendent Rick Albritton said.

Proposition two, which would cost $3.3 million, includes funding for additional classroom space at Bruce Junior High that would be used for science, fine arts and self-contained classes. It would replace the an outlying building that was constructed in 1961 at the junior high. The proposition also includes additional parking and traffic improvements at the elementary and intermediate schools.

Proposition three calls for voters to consider a $2.1 million multipurpose facility at a new Gilmer High School. The multipurpose facility would only be built if voters also approved proposition one for the new high school, Albritton said.



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