The new Sherman High School recently moved one step closer to fruition thanks to the approval of a drainage agreement between the city, the Sherman Independent School District and Munson Realty Group.


The Sherman City Council recently approved the agreement, which will allow Sherman ISD to discharge storm water runoff from the site of the new high school.


“This is a actually a three-way agreement between Sherman ISD, the city of Sherman and Munson Realty Group,” Director of Engineering Clint Philpott said. “This will allow the school (district) to pay a fee in lieu of detention on site.”


The new high school will be located at the northwest corner of the intersection of O.B. Groner Road and Moore Street, but storm water will drain south toward FM 1417, city staff said. The drainage fee to be paid by Sherman ISD will help with the eventual construction of a regional drainage facility on 2.1 acres of land currently owned by Munson Realty Group.


“The increased flow does flow across the Munson property and we’re in discussions with that owner and that development,” Philpott said. “The city will coordinate with the developer to find a regional detention facility further south.”


The fees to be paid to Sherman amount to $119,000. Those funds include $56,700 for the purchase of the 2.1 acres where the drainage facility will be and $56,465 for work that will need to be done on the land.


The council approved the drainage agreement unanimously with no further discussion.


City Manager Robby Hefton recently told the council that Sherman is moving into the fourth phase of the construction of West Travis Street, which will ultimately be a four-lane, divided roadway that will connect with O.B. Groner Road at its intersection with FM 1417, and plans to have it finished by the spring of 2020.


“Overall our goal for that entire stretch — from (FM) 1417 eastward all the way to the (Hwy.) 75 southbound service road — we expect to be done and completed and the road open by spring of 2020, which will be a few months in advance of the school district’s plans to have the school opened by fall of 2020,” Hefton said of plans to begin classes in the Sherman ISD’s new high school for the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year.


Local voters approved a $176 million bond package for Sherman ISD in November that included funds to build a new high school, for districtwide technology upgrades and for updates to the HVAC and energy management system at the current Sherman High School.


Last month, the Sherman ISD board of trustees approved the transition from the schematic design process to the design development process for the new high school. Project Director Clinton Schiver with VLK Architects presented preliminary plans for the exterior of the new high school during the meeting. The plans included both traditional and contemporary design elements and incorporated a main courtyard with a pride walk that will run through the campus.


Herald Democrat reporter Drew Smith contributed to this article.