An expanded elementary school in the Scurry-Rosser Independent School District would provide more space for fourth and fifth grade students to have classrooms in the school.

Facing a growing number of students in buildings that are near capacity, or over capacity, the Scurry-Rosser ISD school board has proposed a $20 million bond for the district. 

If approved, the project would expand classrooms in the elementary and middle school buildings. Currently, the elementary school has 291 students in pre-K through fourth grades with a capacity of 293 students. The middle school is over capacity, with 438 students in fourth through eighth grades in a building with a capacity for 400 students.

If approved, the students in the fourth and fifth grades would move to the elementary school site.

The district has increased by 135 students, or 6.8%, since 2018, categorizing it as a “fast growth” district by the Texas Education Agency, according to information on the SRISD website. Kaufman has a 2% growth rate, while Mabank has 5%, Crandall has 13.2%, and Forney 17.5%.

Also included in the bond issue is a new playground, along with a cafeteria and kitchen expansion. A storm shelter also will be constructed. 

The district would have 30 years to repay the bond, Superintendent James Sanders explained in a community forum in September. 

The tax impact on a $200,000 home in the district would be an increase of $309.75, or $25.81 per month, according to district estimates. On a $100,000 home, the annual amount would run $132.75, or $11.06 per month. 

The expansions are needed at Scurry-Rosser Elementary, Principal Kandy Shirey said in a video the district produced. Students currently have to start lunch at 10:30 a.m., and times are staggered for lunch until 1 p.m. An expanded cafeteria would allow all students to eat closer to noon.

For that to happen, “I need double the space I have,” Shirey said. 

Election day is Nov. 2, with early voting starting on Monday, Oct. 18, and running through Friday, Oct. 29. 

More information about the bond issue is at

Sanders can be reached at (972) 452-8823 or via email at

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Charles A. Williams

The proposal, if authorized, will increase the number of classrooms in primary and middle schools. I would like to get essay written through website. With a capacity of 293 pupils, the primary school now has 291 children in classrooms pre-K into fourth.

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