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SISD looks to community to plan for future

For the first time since 1997, Sherman Independent School District is taking an in-depth look at its long-term goals. The Board of Trustees voted Monday to contract with Plano-based educational consultants N2 Learning to create a strategic plan for the district.

SISD Board examines state test results

State accountability scores were the main topic before the Sherman Independent School District Board of Trustees Monday evening as the administration worked to shed light on the ways which the State of Texas determines its guidelines.

Sherman holds quiet hearings on budget, taxes

The Sherman City Council held two legally required public hearings Monday for its 2014-15 budget and property tax rate, which will increase by 2.4 cents per $100 valuation if passed by final vote on Sept. 15. As was the case with the first public hearing two weeks ago, no members of the public showed up to speak for or against either of the measures.

Two file for Sherman City Council

The filing deadline for two seats on the Sherman City Council has come and gone, with only two candidates having placed their names on the ballot for the Nov. 4 election. Councilman David Plyer will run unopposed for reelection in District 4, while former three-term Councilman Terrence Steele will be on the ballot in District 2.

GTUA approves $2.2 million in bonds for Van Alstyne water projects

The Greater Texoma Utility Authority Board of Trustees approved the sale of $2.2 million in bonds for financing water projects in the city of Van Alstyne during a meeting on Monday. The projects include a series of upgrades in to the city’s wastewater treatment plant, and a connection to the Collin-Grayson Municipal Alliance waterline.

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Sherman man arrested for soliciting a minor for sex; other reports

Online solicitation of a minor — Friday police arrested a 32-year-old man for soliciting a minor to meet him to have sex, according to an email from Sherman Police Sgt. D.M. Hampton. The man had started an online conversation with a female that identified herself as a minor. He had asked the girl to run away from home and move in with him several times over the past few months, police said. The Sherman PD started an investigation into this activity. The man agreed to meet with the girl in the 3300 block of Town Center Street. Officers found the man’s car in the area, and conducted a traffic stop. The officers arrested the man for online solicitation of a minor, a second-degree felony. His bond has been set at $150,000.

SPD lieutenant retires after more than 22 years

Sherman Police Assistant Chief Steve Ayers presents Lt. Charley Smith with a display commemorating his 22-plus years of service at the Sherman Police Department during a retirement ceremony held for Smith Wednesday afternoon. Smith said after his years of service he’s ready to focus on getting things done around his place, playing golf and getting ready for hunting season.

SHS to welcome new students Friday

Sherman High School will host its annual new student orientation from 8 a.m. to noon Friday. The day will be an opportunity for all new SHS students – upcoming freshmen as well as transfer students of all grades – to tour the building, meet students and staff, and get used to life at Sherman High School.