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BISD sticks with original $65.8 million bond proposal

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By BARBARA GREEN
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Bowie Independent School District Trustees will ask voters once more to consider a $65.8 million bond proposal in a new election in May.
In a called meeting of the board Monday night, Daniel Deweber, chairman of the facilities committee, offered its recommendation that had been reduced by $4 million from that original amount to $61.8 million. Van Baize, also a member of the committee, was present along with C.W. Farris, architect Harper Perkins Architects and Tom Sage, bond counsel.
Back in November voters said no to the $65.8 million proposal 1,079 to 855, a shortfall of 224 voters. If the bond had passed it would have built a new intermediate school, renovated the present intermediate to accommodate junior high students that would be moved from their present building, built a new weight room at the high school and a restroom at the baseball/softball fields and expanded parking at the elementary and a new bus route flow around the building.
After the election the board members asked the committee to come back with a new recommendation that may be more palatable to the voters. In the new $61.8 million bond recommendation Monday night, the committee members debated said Deweber because they felt there was not “a lot of fat,” to cut noting the new intermediate was tied to a move of junior high students to a renovated building.

The board later voted to call a May election for a new bond with the same $65.8 million proposal.

Read the full story in the mid-week Bowie News.

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Unseasonably warm weather expected this week

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Hot, dry and breezy conditions will create an elevated threat for grass fires along and west of I-35 Monday and Tuesday. Monday will likely be the warmest, when near-record high temperatures are expected. (National Weather Service Fort Worth)

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Financial report readied by outside auditor

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Members of the Bowie City Council will meet at 6 p.m. on Feb. 26 and receive its annual financial report from the outside auditor.
Staff from Mathis, West and Huffines will present the report that reviews the 2022-23 fiscal year for the City of Bowie.
The council will consider a resolution authorizing a grant application to the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security to purchase a emergency management trailer. This trailer at an estimated $23,187.98 would house the portable communications equipment the department has purchased.

Read the full story in the weekend Bowie News.

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Weekend early voting arrives for party primary

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Early voting for the March 5 party primaries opened strong this week with more than 450 ballots being cast as of Thursday across both the Republican and Democratic tickets.
The voting began Feb. 20 and will through Feb. 23.
Ginger Wall, elections administrator, reminds county voters they will have extended hours for early voting this weekend and all next week.
The voting locations will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 26-March 1.
This weekend early voting will be 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Feb. 24 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Feb. 25.
There are four locations in the county for voting in person: Montague County Annex Community Room, Montague; H.J. Justin Building, Nocona; Saint Jo Civic Center, Saint Jo and Bowie Senior Citizens Center, Bowie.
Voters may cast ballots at any of these locations.

Read more on this story in the weekend Bowie News.

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