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Denison school expansion plan heads to ballot box

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The Denison ISD is looking at expansion plans at Mayes Elementary School. (KTEN) The Denison ISD is looking at expansion plans at Mayes Elementary School. (KTEN)

DENISON, Texas -- Denison taxpayers will decide the fate of a proposal to expand two of the city's most crowded elementary schools.

The Denison Independent School District board has accepted the citizen committee's recommendation to expand the Mayes and Hyde Park campuses. That means a pending taxpayer vote on a school bond just shy of $21 million.

"Hopefully once we get this additional space, we can adjust the boundaries to the point where we can alleviate the space needs and provide classrooms for our students," said DISD Superintendent Dr. Henry Scott.

He said the alternative to expanding the two campuses was building a brand new school.

"It didn't feel like the timing was right for that," Scott said. "If they built a new school and didn't close Houston, it would drive our operational cost by up to one million dollars a year." 

The owner of a $100,000 home would face an extra $30 in property taxes annually if the bond proposal gets the green light from voters.

A date for the bond election has not been set.

"Hopefully, once we get this additional space we can adjust the boundaries to the point where we can alleviate the space needs and provide classrooms for our students," Scott said.

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