DENISON, TX-- As Layne students leave for the last day of school, this is also the last time students will use this building.
And these shovels are digging a new one.
"It'll just make our facilities state of the art. We are just going to have really nice facilities once it's all built up," said, Dr. Henry Scott, Superintendent.
Denison broke ground on its new high school Friday morning. After 20 plus years of dreaming of a new school building, it's finally a reality.
"It's been all what-if's, hows, where, how you going to pay for it, but by including the entire community, that's been the key to this whole thing," explained, Jay Watkins, President of Board of Trustees.
Denison ISD's $80 million school bond is paying for the 280,000 square foot building. It will have an east and west two story wing, which will hold the classrooms and be home to state of the art fine arts and science wings.
The land will not only be home for a new high school, but also have room for expansion.
"We've brought out all the fields out here, bringing the indoor activity center as well, so that all of the high school activities will be right here on this site. And the site is large enough where when things come up in the future, you'll be able to grow into it," explained, architect, Steve Hulsey.
So as one door closes today, another opens, well in 2014.
"I feel gratified with what happened, but I'm not the guy that did it, the community did it," Scott said.