BONHAM — The leaders of the city government and school district in Fannin County’s seat and largest city met together Monday night to share with one another each organization’s strategy in the immediate future.

BONHAM — The leaders of the city government and school district in Fannin County’s seat and largest city met together Monday night to share with one another each organization’s strategy in the immediate future.


Bonham Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Marvin Beaty outlined the District’s improvement plans for the Bonham City Council and Mayor Roy Floyd inside the council’s chambers.


Beaty acknowledged that the District faced challenges in improving students’ test scores. "Improving these scores, it’s a big deal," Beaty said, "in junior high if there are kids moving on the PSAT, they’ll qualify for (scholarships), which is a big deal. If we get the PSAT drilled into our kids in ninth and early 10th grade, they’re gonna qualify for nation merit scholarships. That’s important."


Beaty said the District has gotten a lot of positive feedback about its recently established careers and college course focused on preparing students for their lives after high school. Bonham City Council member Lance Davis said Beaty has done an exceptional job establishing a good course for the District in the future.


"I just want to make a quick comment while Marvin’s sitting down," Davis said and joked, "We think he hasn’t yet been diagnosed with some sort of attention deficit disorder, because he’s all over the place. I won’t speak on behalf of the whole Board, but Marvin has done a great job while he’s been here. I’m proud of the whole Board, I’m proud of the superintendent."


City Manager Bill Shipp began his presentation of the City’s upcoming projects by joking, "Mr. Davis, to your point about A.D.D., early on in my career I was told that city managers and superintendents had to be A.D.D. That’s the only way you survive."


Shipp outlined the City’s upcoming projects, including "a lot of street work," which Shipp said means resurfacing some streets and significant projects to install submerged sewer lines. Shipp said one of the City’s largest projects, renovating the fire department’s station, was completed largely because of volunteer hours donated by the firefighters.


Shipp also highlighted planned improvements to the Bonham Marina and Fannin County Multi-Purpose Complex. Shipp spent the last part of his presentation updating the assembly on the different large business developments happening in Bonham.


"We did receive the building plans for Holiday Inn Express," Shipp said, "they have been approved by Holiday Inn. It will be up on the hill there, at the South intersection of 121 and 56. It’s a 55-room hotel, the first of two hotels planned for that site. What we’ll have is, we’ll bring a new roadway in, which is pretty substantial. It’s going to take a substantial culvert. There will be a four-way light as opposed to the three-way light at the intersection."


Shipp said the land and developments surrounding the hotel is managed by the Bonham Economic Development Corporation. Shipp said, "I think realistically we’re looking at January before we break ground out there." Shipp indicated that the second hotel, also a Holiday Inn property, will be built "another one or two years down the road."


Shipp said, "Some other projects going on in town which I think are huge for us… Kelsel Technologies, they’re going to be building a new, 40,000-square-foot building, manufacturing building out in the industrial park." He said the company would be increasing its employees by about 30, "so that’s really a major improvement and a big gain for the town."


City leaders also discussed the upcoming widening of State Highway 121 and Texas Department of Transportation officials and City workers answered questions about the project for the two boards.