Bonham Independent School District Superintendent Marvin Beaty said the District has just deposited the funds it will need for its planned $3 million in capital improvement projects. Beaty said the District will have to look at bids from independent contractors for the various upgrades and refurbishments to Bonham schools before construction gets underway.

Bonham Independent School District Superintendent Marvin Beaty said the District has just deposited the funds it will need for its planned $3 million in capital improvement projects. Beaty said the District will have to look at bids from independent contractors for the various upgrades and refurbishments to Bonham schools before construction gets underway.


"The bottom line is every school wants to do what is in the best interest of the students, the school District, and the community," Beaty said. "Better facilities will increase the marketability of BISD and draw more families into our District."


The District has ordered the 19 projects approved by the school board in October in order of priority. According to the District, "Based on the budget, all items can be completed in the current approved amount. If any unforeseen construction expenses occur, the items at the end of the priority list may be affected."


One of the District’s highest priorities is addressing concerns with L.H. Rather Junior High’s locks and air conditioning system. Lower-priority projects include cosmetic improvements like new fencing District-wide and renovating the high school’s baseball dugouts.


Beaty said that he wants to encourage more area parents to send their children to BISD schools, and "research suggests that the three ways to grow a school’s population are to increase funding in facilities, technology and extracurricular activities."


Beaty said the District is trying to address "all three aspects of this equation," and the capital improvement projects are aimed at the facility improvement portion of the District’s improvement efforts.


The improvement project will finance many necessary, as well as cosmetic upgrades around the city’s public schools, including new instruments for the high school band, a new barn for the agricultural studies department, and a new marquee for Bonham High School.


The District will also use the money to re-surface the high school’s Warrior Stadium and make several improvements to sports facilities like the baseball field dugouts. Beaty said he expects these investments in improved playing facilities to draw more traveling teams from area schools.


Beaty said the District did not have to raise taxes to fund the improvement projects and "the budget for the current year is healthy and can support these expenditures." Beaty said that he expects the required annual independent audit of the District’s finances to show "no significant findings or issues" with the District ’s current budget, including the improvement projects.


Beaty said the improvements should be done now because "many more improvements are still needed and (BISD) does not feel that this addresses all facility issues, but it’s a great place to start."


"The Capital Projects Committee selected the items that are most appropriate at this time," Beaty said. "This (project), along with increased travel to our athletic facilities for playoff games, will increase money coming into the town of Bonham from visitors.


"I’m excited about the positive impact of each project on young people. We are privileged to be able to serve these students, teachers, and the overall community of Bonham ISD."