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Denison voters OK school expansion plans

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Relief is on the way for two crowded Denison elementary schools. (KTEN) Relief is on the way for two crowded Denison elementary schools. (KTEN)

DENISON, Texas -- Denison voters approved a $20.8 million school bond proposal on Tuesday by a 55-45 percent margin.

Mayes and Hyde Park elementary schools will split the total for construction projects that will expand capacity on their campuses.

"We are so excited and so very thankful that so many people came out to vote," said Hyde Park Principal Kerry Kaai. "We feel supported; we feel super excited that we are going to be able to expand for the sake of our students and families."

The bond money means 10 new classrooms for each campus, new cafeterias, and exterior courtyards.

Expansion plans for Hyde Park (left) and Mayes elementary schools in Denison. (DISD/KTEN)

With the growth the city is experiencing, the extra elbow-room really helps these two schools out, especially since both have reached maximum capacity.

"When you add that many students to a campus, currently our cafeterias are not going to be able to accommodate that many students," Denison Independent School District Assistant Superintendent David Kirkbride said. "Naturally we need to increase the size of our cafeteria as well as our kitchen and parking spaces, so as we grow those different areas are going to grow as well."

To keep up with enrollment, the schools have had to add portable classrooms. The success of the bond issue will ensure that that arrangement is temporary.

"We are blessed, we are very fortunate, and reminded of this frequently as I live here and work here and raise my family in this community that our community fully supports the education of our students here in Denison," Kirkbride said.

The district is planning to begin construction in May, with the goal of completing the expansion projects in time for the 2021 school year.

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