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Gilmer ISD wants a new high school

Bond on the ballots next week

GILMER, Tx (KETK) - It's the big bond that couldn't. This is the third time the Gilmer School Bond will grace the ballots. It was defeated in 2013 and 2015.

An over 35 million dollar school bond that will give Gilmer a brand new high school. Something Gilmer Superintendent, Rick Albritton, tells us is much needed.

"Our current facility is old and outdated, the technology is very difficult," Albritton said. "Just to change the instructional environment and bring it up to current standards."

Brian Bowman, the high school's principal, hopes the updates will give future students a fighting chance.

"As a community and as a tax payer, I think we need to provide our kids and the next generation every possible opportunity to be successful and leave Gilmer and go out and be productive," said Bowman.

Some community members are unphased by the 24 cent tax increase that will go into effect if the bond passes next week. Local business owner, Joe Dodd said he will vote yes and he will put his money where his vote is.

"As a business owner, I think it's a good business deal to have good schools and I'm willing to pay for it," said Dodd.

Dodd tells us the last bond was defeated by just 72 votes and one of those votes was his father, Marvin Dodd.

"I have voted against the last two bonds, because of concerns for tax payers who can't afford our taxes," said Dodd. "But I have become convinced that economically, this is the feasible thing to do.".

So that's one vote closer to victory for Gilmer school district this time around. 

Early voting begins Monday, April 23, 2018.

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