Jim Ned Consolidated Independent School District could soon have a new elementary school. First, residents living in the district will vote on the multimillion dollar bond package proposed for the schools construction. The bond package proposed would cost 20.87 million dollars but 1.2 million of that would go towards renovations of the current middle and high school campuses.
Superintendent Bobby Easterling believes a consolidated elementary school would better suit the district's younger students, but many are concerned about the potential tax rate increase.
"On the average home in the Jim Ned school district, the average appraised value is $121,000 and some change" said Easterling. " They'd see a tax increase of about $228 a year."
Residents 65 or older though wouldn't be affected by the possible increase. If voters vote in favor of the bond, it's expected to take four to six months to start building on the new school, and about eighteen months to complete. Two main features would be security stations and larger classrooms.