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Denison ISD scrambles to deal with growth

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Hyde Park Elementary School in Denison is facing capacity issues. (KTEN) Hyde Park Elementary School in Denison is facing capacity issues. (KTEN)

DENISON, Texas -- In the last four years, Denison Independent School District Superintendent Henry Scott says they've added at least 100 new students every year, many in the elementary schools.

"Our issue is: How do we provide more space?" Scott asked.

That explosive growth has led to overcrowded classrooms at Hyde Park Elementary School.

"We are using every available classroom at this time; we don't have any empty spaces," said Principal Kerry Kaai. 

She said that places her in a predicament: Needing to find a place to put new students in the middle of the school year.

"We can always offer them the option of attending third grade at another campus nearby where they have more room," Kaai said.

Dr. Scott said there are ways to remedy the growth problem, but each requires approval from the school board.

"The board has to determine a direction, and -- of course -- they'll ask the community on how to go about doing that. Add on to schools? Building new schools? Whatever, but lots of options are available," Scott said.

Regardless of what the board decides, Principal Kaai said she hopes a solution will come sooner rather than later.

"We're all in this together, and we're just doing the best we can at this time," she said.

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