2023 Sherman ISD Bond Program
NEW AND REPLACEMENT ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS
Sherman ISD students, parents, community members, and staff played a vital role in the process to plan for the replacement of Crutchfield Elementary and Fairview Elementary, as well as a brand-new elementary campus.
Planning is already underway for three new elementary schools set to open in August of 2025. This includes the replacement of Crutchfield Elementary and Fairview Elementary and a brand new elementary campus on a new site.
In July 2023, groups of staff, parents, and students gathered to provide input on designs for the new schools. This included sharing ideas about everything from the buildings’ exterior to the placement of key spaces, including classrooms, collaboration areas, and outdoor learning spaces. Architect VLK is making revisions to working designs based on this input, and an opportunity to provide feedback will be available in fall 2023.
Construction of the new campuses is expected to begin in approximately February of 2024. Crutchfield and Fairview will remain open and continue to serve students until the new buildings are complete on the opposite side of the school properties.
Work to assess the land adjacent to the current campuses and prepare for construction in spring 2024 has already begun and will ramp up throughout fall 2023. This will bring temporary disruptions to outdoor areas at Crutchfield and Fairview. For instance, there may be times when traffic flow needs to be temporarily rerouted, parking on site becomes more limited, or certain areas of the playground need to be temporarily closed off. Sherman ISD is committed to maintaining a safe play environment and will do our best to provide alternative play areas during these instances.
The top priority throughout this process will be the safety and well-being of our students, staff, and families. All necessary precautions will be taken to ensure that any disruptions to outdoor areas are minimized and managed effectively. At no time will there be any disruption to learning inside the current school buildings.
COMPLETE MULTIPURPOSE STADIUM AT SHERMAN HIGH SCHOOL
The new multipurpose stadium at Sherman High School will open approximately three years sooner than originally planned. The completion of the stadium will now more closely align with the planned additions to Sherman High School, which are expected to be complete for the start of the 2025-26 school year. Accelerating the timeline for the stadium project to coincide with the high school additions will save the district up to $10 million dollars by reducing inflation costs, saving on construction mobilization expenses, and leveraging purchasing power by purchasing similar materials at one time. It will also reduce the length of time that construction is underway at SHS. Read more at www.shermanisd.net/stadium.
Bond Election Results
Sherman ISD voters approved both bond propositions in the election that concluded May 6, 2023. Proposition A passed with 71% of the vote and Proposition B passed with 64% of the vote.“I am thankful for the strong support our community showed for our Sherman public schools,” said Sherman ISD Superintendent Dr. Tyson Bennett. “I could not be more excited about the future of our district and what these bond projects will mean for our students, staff, families, and community.“I want to thank the members of our Long-Range Facilities Planning Committee for their time and vision developing this plan, our Board of Trustees for their direction in leading our district, the dedicated community volunteers who spent countless hours rallying support for this plan, and all the people who voted in this election.“We can’t wait to get started on these projects, which will impact every student and school in our district and benefit all of Sherman for generations to come.”