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UIL Redistricting Brings Higher Travel Costs, Late Nights

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GRAYSON CO., TX - Sherman and Denison school districts are crunching numbers Tuesday after new UIL alignments were released. Katy Blakey has more.

The new alignment came as a surprise to the Sherman and Denison superintendents.

Sherman and Denison join Greenville, Mount Pleasant, Royce City, Sulphur Springs and Texarkana in the new district. By bus it will take around three and a half hours to travel the nearly 200 miles to Texarkana. All of the other district schools, besides the Grayson County teams, are more than an hours drive.

That means a lot of long nights to get to the away football games and basketball games. Add in band transportation and cheerleader transportation and you get a lot of miles, hours and a growing transportation budget. Denison's Superintendent Dr. Henry Scott, says they are already looking at an additional 25 percent jump in the cost of their transportation.     

Dr. Al Hambrick with Sherman ISD says it's not just the cost he's worried about, but also the toll it will take on the kids.

"A concern that we have is the time our students would have to leave school to travel to those games and the travel back," said Dr. Hambrick. "The time it would take for them to get back and then to rise the next morning for class."

Both districts say they will make it work and do not plan to challenge the new alignment, but say it will be quite a change from this past year when they played schools within a 30 to 45 minute drive.

Katy Blakey, KTEN News