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Denison voters decide on plan to expand two schools

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Students crowd a hallway at Hyde Park Elementary School in Denison. (KTEN) Students crowd a hallway at Hyde Park Elementary School in Denison. (KTEN)

DENISON, Texas -- Denison voters are being asked to endorse a plan to expand two crowded elementary schools.

Funds from the proposed $20 million bond issue would be used to expand the Mayes and Hyde Park campuses, both of which have reached capacity.

"We didn't have any vacant classrooms at Mayes this year, and we were over at Hyde Park," said Denison Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Henry Scott. "That's the reason we brought in four portable buildings to accommodate."

Hyde Park Principal Kerry Kaai said passage of the bond issue is crucial.

"Even if we have extra classrooms, which the portable buildings allow, our cafeteria is still awfully crowded, our hallways are still crowded, and we need more restrooms," she said.

Scott said voting for the bond measure would result in a minimal impact on property taxes.

"Actually, with the state buying down the property tax rate, they'll still get an eight-cent decrease in their taxes," he said.

Meanwhile, the grade schools are drying to deal with the cards they have been dealt.

"The kids have been awesome about it; the teachers are flexible," said Principal Kerry Kaai. "We are making it work absolutely, but in a perfect world we're all in the building with more room in common areas as well."

Early voting continues through this Friday; Election Day is next Tuesday, November 5.

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