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Committee recommends $79 million school bond to Denison ISD

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DENISON, TX - The Denison ISD  is one step closer to voting on a $ 79 million school bond. Ashley Prchal reports.

After ten months of study, the citizens committee presented their findings to the school board Tuesday night, unanimously recommending Denison ISD move forward with a major restructuring of their buildings to bring students up to speed with the 21st century.

Since March, the building facilities committee has been checking out Denison schools to see how to best serve students and faculty. After touring the district's buildings, that were built in the 1950's and 60's, the committee is recommending the school board ask voters for a school bond of $79 million. That money will be used towards renovations and reorganizing of existing buildings and the construction of the new high school at the intersection of Highway 91 and Highway 75.

"Anywhere you want to go, to the south of the metroplex, there are new schools. They are retooled and reorganized, because in other communities they realize the old buildings aren't fitted. They have to be retro-fitted so the school can compete," says Thomas Redwine, chairman of the building facilities committee.

The committee's presentation pointed out the need for Denison ISD to relocate some of their grades to relieve overcrowding. The plan suggests moving 5th and 6th graders to B. McDaniel Intermediate School, 7th and 8th graders to the existing high school...and 9th grade and up would attend classes at the new high school.

In addition, the committee also recommended to the school board that Layne and Golden Rule Elementary be closed. Of course it is still up to the board to review these recommendations. Dr. Henry Scott, Superintendent of Denison ISD says they will vote on the issue in February.