DISD undergoing final construction on High School and Stadium

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DENISON,TX -- There are still some final changes to be made at DISD before the school year begins.

"It's a very wonderful thing for this community," said Dr. Henry Scott.

Class is out for the summer, but DISD officials are hard at work, getting the new High School and renovations to Munson Stadium ready for students this fall.

Superintendent Dr. Henry Scott says, the high school is one of many projects in the works this summer.

"This is a total restructure of the school district," said Scott.

Munson Stadium is undergoing extensive renovations, including the construction of a new field.

There's still work to be done on the field house, the concessions stand and the press box, but DISD says they'll be done in time for the first home football game August 29th.

Denison went through redistricting; closing two Elementary Schools and building the new High School when voters approved an $80 Million school bond in 2011.

B. McDaniel Middle School is now B-Mac Intermediate for fifth and sixth graders and the old High School will house seventh and eighth graders as the new Middle School. All in efforts to improve the district and bring more families to Denison.

"Anytime you get families moving into the area, they're going to shop in the region and everyone is going to benefit," said Tony Kaai.

Denison Development Alliance President Tony Kaai says the district has worked hand in hand with the city.

"When you see a brand new High School like that, it tells you that the community is committed to education" said Kaai.

The 360,000 square foot High School includes 14 brand new science labs. More than 70 technologically innovative classrooms. A new gymnasium. A large modern cafeteria, and according to Scott, the biggest auditorium in Grayson County.

Denison ISD officials say the new auditorium is one of the highlights of the new High School, and the stage is lit by state of the art lights that you can alternate between.

The auditorium was funded by a $1 million donation from Clara Backford and W. Aubrey Smith and can seat over 700 students.

Scott says the new High School was built with room for growth.

"We'll grow, and the school district has to be prepared to handle that growth, and we are," said Scott.

The new campus will welcome students on the first day of classes September 2nd.