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Denison ISD has plan for crowded classrooms

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There's no room for new students at Hyde Park Elementary School in Denison. (KTEN) There's no room for new students at Hyde Park Elementary School in Denison. (KTEN)

DENISON, Texas -- The Denison Independent School District now has a game plan to help alleviate crowded classrooms.

Two elementary schools are bursting at the seams, but administrators say expanding existing facilities is a better option than a new building... right now.

The district is considering adding classrooms to both Mayes and Hyde Park elementary schools. To pay for that, voters would have to approve a bond issue.

“It doesn’t seem like it’s crowded, but you can tell we’re growing, our area is growing, more people are moving in," said Levar Johnson, who has four kids enrolled at Mayes Elementary. "We know that it’s starting to expand, so we need some more room.”

Denison ISD knows this, and so they put together a Facilities Planning Committee that has come up with a proposal to increase student capacity at Hyde Park and Mayes.

“You’ll notice that it’s not just added classrooms, but the core areas like the cafeteria, the administration area, the library... all of that at those schools are proposed to be enlarged,” said Denison ISD Superintendent Dr. Henry Scott.

The school board agreed to consider the recommendation in a 5-2 vote. If the district moves forward with it, a $20 to $22 million bond will be on the November ballot.

Parents we spoke with seem to be on board with it.

“For my kids, it will give them more teachers, of course... more room, which will be great," Johnson said. "I love for my kids to learn. I love this school; it’s a great place, so it’ll be exciting if they do that.”

Out of 13 Grayson County cities, Denison's property tax sits right in the middle. That spot won’t change if the maximum bond is passed.

The district said this is a cheaper option than building a new school, but it isn’t a permanent solution.

“I think what this will do is give us some opportunity over the next eight to 10 years to plan, and then the next step most likely is we’re going to have to build a new elementary school,” Dr. Scott said.

The school board will have to decide by mid-August if they will move forward with the expansion plan. If the maximum bond is passed, the owner of a $100,000 home will face an extra $30 annual levy.

Tax rates for Grayson County cities (Denison ISD graphic)

Mayes Elementary School expansion proposal (Denison ISD graphic)

Hyde Park Elementary School expansion proposal (Denison ISD graphic)

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