DENISON, TX--Denison I-S-D is preparing to ask voters for nearly $80 million in upgrades, but before election day, school leaders want the voters to see the schools that would be impacted by bond funding.
School leaders are offering public tours of all campuses in the coming weeks. The $79.75 million dollar bond would fund a new high school and renovation to several schools as well as consolidate two elementary campuses.
That would mean demolition of Layne Elementary School and Golden Rule Elementary School. The tours continue Thursday night at Denison High School.
Superintendent Dr. Henry Scott says the school wants voters to see why the school needs the upgrades for themselves. Dr. Scott says while he understands most people do not like a tax increase, the 19.5 cent tax rate increase, which will pay for the upgrades, will make taxes about average for what they are in other school districts in our area.
The district will conduct a presentation beginning at 6 p.m. and the tour will begin at 6:40 p.m.
The schedule is:
Golden Rule Elementary School-March 22
Denison High School- March 24
Mayes Elementary School-March 28
Layne Elementary School- March 31
Houston Elementary School- April 7
Lamar Elementary School-April 12
Terrell Elementary School-April 14
B. McDaniel Middle School-April 18
Hyde Park Elementary School April 21
The 6 p.m. presentation at each campus will cover the same overall information about the bond. However, each tour will be campus-specific. District officials said community members are encouraged to attend as many of the presentations and tours as possible.