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UIL denies Sherman and Denison ISD's realignment appeal

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Sherman and Denison ISD's realignment appeal was denied by the University Interscholastic League today.

 School officials received word this morning that the UIL appeals committee officially denied the request to repeal the recent realignment which places Sherman and Denison in Region 2 District 13, with schools as far away as Texarkana and Mt. Pleasant.

  "Needless to say, we're disappointed, but at least we've called attention to the travel problems caused for our student athletes by this alignment," said DISD Superintendent Henry Scott. "it is our understanding that the six or so UIL committee members met and discussed our situation for over an hour, which indicates that they have seriously looked at the hardships this alignment places on our kids. Hopefully, they'll take this into consideration the next time they realign districts."

   In addition to Texarkana and Mt. Pleasant, Denison will compete with Greenville, Royse City, Sherman and Sulphur Springs in Region 2, District 13. Scott cited two-lane highways and extremely long travel times to and from games, particularly for mid-week competitions, as the major problems caused by the realignment. 

  Scott said the district has no choice but to make the best of the situation. "Our teachers and staff will make sure our student athletes get the assistance they need to make up work and stay current in their studies. It's a situation and challenge we'll stay on top of, and we'll do everything in our power to ensure that our students continue to succeed in the classroom as well as on the playing field."