A needs assessment committee has recommended that Spring Hill Independent School District shrink to four campuses from five if voters approve a proposed $41.8 million bond issue.

The board for the East Texas district has until early March to set a May election date.

If voters approve, the district would build a new high school and move students in the sixth through eighth grades into the existing high school. The intermediate school, which was built before World War II, would be demolished.

Plans presented to the board call for the district to consolidate the intermediate, junior, and middle schools into two separate schools. The middle school and junior high school would be renovated and connected to provide a third through fifth grade facility.

The bonds would be issued in several tranches, an initial sale of $33 million followed by several issues totaling $8.8 million.

The district’s debt is rated AAA by Standard & Poor’s based on its enhancement from the Texas Permanent School Fund.

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