$29.9 million bond needed because of growth, Tatum ISD panel says
The Tatum ISD bond committee has recommended the district’s trustees call a $29.9 million May bond election at their February board meeting, Superintendent Dee Hartt said Tuesday.
The crux of the bond package is an $18.3 million three-grade elementary school. The bond committee recommended the new school to meet growth needs at Tatum Primary School and Tatum Elementary School. The district owns 23 acres on Texas 149 between Lil Eagles Preschool & Daycare and the Tatum city limits where the campus would be built.
Tatum ISD’s enrollment has grown 4.5 percent in the past five years with Tatum Elementary School experiencing a 47 percent student enrollment increase since 2005-06, according to district records. As student enrollment has increased, capacity at the primary, elementary and high schools has been eclipsed or will be eclipsed with continued enrollment.