Building Out the Bond -- Denison Schools

By: Dwayne Wilder

DrSmith-leaderboard2.jpg


DISD to ‘Break Ground’ on First Work
Denison schools are about to embark on the largest endeavor in 60 years with the beginning of work within the $80 school bond approved by voters last May.
“We are getting ready to break ground for the off-street drive through at both B. McDaniel Middle School and Houston Elementary School,” said Dr. Henry Scott, superintendent. “Then, the bids will be in next week for the three major additions.”
Scott estimated that the ground-breaking would be Wednesday, Nov. 16; he also said that the three additions will be at Mayes, Lamar and Hyde Park elementary schools. He estimated that the three elementary additions could begin in mid-December.
“Those three schools should be completed by the fall of 2012,” said Scott.
Scott announced that the new high school building is in the design phase currently and will go to bid in the March/April time frame. The ground-breaking will be shortly after that. It will be a 22 month build out, he added.
“We are doing well; everything is right on track,” said Scott. “There is no reason to believe we will see a delay. It looks to be completed by 2014 ready for school in the fall.”
As one of the steps in the overall process, DISD held a ‘job fair’ for contractors earlier in November. Each could come to see what was involved in bidding for portions of the $80 million project. Scott noted that the contractors also had the opportunity to connect with others in the business. He said there were more than 100 contractors present at the fair.
“There is a great deal of interest; this is good for the district and good for competition,” explained Scott. “The bidding process should be strong.”
The other work in the project calls for renovations to the other elementary schools except for Terrell Elementary, which opened in 2000. There is a budget for each portion of the project, Scott said.
“And that’s what we will spend on those pieces,” he added.
Scott noted that the bond included verbiage which closes Golden Rule and Layne elementary schools. The closings will coincide with the opening of the new high school and the reconfiguration of the elementary grades.
“We won’t move the fifth grade until the high school opens,” said Scott. “We can’t really; there are 330 students in the district in fifth grade.”
Scott said there was discussion of ‘demolition’ of the two elementary buildings, but they will only be demolished if the school system can’t find a ‘usable purpose’ for them, which would include on-going operation and maintenance.
“We have been in talks with the city (of Denison) and the Denison Boys and Girls Club, who may want the gym at Golden Rule,” announced Scott. “If these type of things work out, the school board will consider them instead of demolishing the buildings.”
According to Scott, there is an oversight committee formed for the bond as part of the process. The 12 member committee will meet every three months and ensure that the bond money approved by voters is being spent in the manner it is required. The next meeting is Dec. 8 and the committee will report to the school board in December the progress of the bond to that point.
“This will be a transparent process at all levels,” said Scott. “To make sure the district is doing what the bond is for.”
Scott added that the oversight committee has a ‘mixture of the community’ and is made up of citizens with one assistant principal and two teachers. The committee will report to the school board every three months.
One bond concern is from the school district’s employees, but Scott reiterated that ‘no one will lose their job because of the bond.’
“It will be done through attrition,” said Scott.
The new high school will be on a tract of land in the southeast corner of US 75 and SH 91 in the northern part of Denison. The actual building will be on the hill near the back of the 130 acre property. The athletic facilities will be built in the areas in front of the building, according to the blueprints for the project.


Search Archive »




Browse by Year »

2017
2016
2015
2014
2013
2012
2011
2010

Browse by Month »

November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
March 2017
January 2017
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010