The Graford Independent School District Board of Trustees is looking at school improvements. Those improvements could run as much as $9 million, said GISD Superintendent Dennis Holt. "Architects were out with drawings last month," he said. "I've asked them to do a couple of options to reduce the cost." He added that what architects presented in June was estimated to cost $9.4 million. "We've been looking at $7 million to $8.5 million," Holt continued. "We want to be fiscally responsible to take care of our needs and trying to take care of our future needs." Construction the board is considering includes: New science lab. New kitchen. An elementary physical education gym. Security and safety. Locker room.. Bus barn. Sports complex. "A Chapter 41 school, that money raised by that bond stays," Holt explained. Under state law, a Chapter 41 school falls under "Robin Hood" - the requirement that school districts with property values over a certain limit on a per-student basis send money to the state to help fund "poor" school districts. "It's not like a huge increase," he continued. "We're talking about 4, 5 or 6 cents (per $100 property value), depending on the outcome." That increase, he continued, would amount to about $5 per month on a $100,000 home. "I know the board is very aware of that," he said, adding that the consensus of trustees is getting the best for students while being mindful of the cost.


Once the board determines what it wants, trustees have until late August to announce its intention to hold a bond election in November.