A bond committee has asked the trustees of the Tatum Independent School District to set a May election on a $29.9 million general obligation bond program.

The school board will consider the recommendation at its February meeting.

Projects to be financed include an $18.3 million elementary school.

Enrollment in the rural district of northeastern Rusk County is up 4.5% in the past five years, according to superintendent Dee Hartt.

The district is rated A-minus by Standard & Poor’s, but is enhanced to triple-A through the Texas Permanent School Fund.

Tatum voters have approved $42 million of GO bonds since 2000.

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