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Student surge has Denison ISD planning for growth

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Three Denison ISD elementary schools have reached capacity. (KTEN) Three Denison ISD elementary schools have reached capacity. (KTEN)

DENISON, Texas -- The Denison Independent School District is looking at its options after an enrollment surge.

Three of the district's five elementary schools are now completely full, and more classroom space is urgently needed.

"We do know that something's got to be done," Superintendent Dr. Henry Scott said. "We've got to have space for our students, and right now it's getting tight."

Scott said Hyde Park, Mayes, and Lamar elementary schools have no room for new students. That's why the district put together a team of 26 people to come up with a recommendation on the possible need for expansion.

"They're meeting at four of the five elementary schools to get a tour and to get an idea of what the situation is," Scott said.

The committee will be made up of members of the original 2010 facilities planning committee, an elementary principal, an elementary teacher, and all five presidents of each school's parent-teacher organization.

The first meeting is set for May 29 at Mayes Elementary, one of the schools that is at maximum capacity and has had to increase class sizes.

"We like to stay around 17 or 18 [students], that's usually our average," Principal Natalie Hicks said. "Right now I have a couple grade levels that are 22 and 23 in those classrooms."

The school is hoping the committee will come up with a solution.

"I'm excited that we're taking a proactive approach," Hicks said. "The smaller class size, of course, is more beneficial for the students as well as the teachers. They can do more small-group instruction, more one-on-one and individual instruction with those students."

The district hopes the committee will have a recommendation on whether to expand or to add a new elementary school by June 18.

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