Denison ISD asks for parent feedback on rezoning plans

By: Allison Harris Email
By: Allison Harris Email

DENISON, TEXAS -- "It's a mixed bag as far as how we feel about it, but obviously it's for the good of the kids," Golden Rule Principal Karen Sawyer said.

Sawyer says she's sad the 92-year-old school is closing as part of Denison ISD's rezoning, but she knows it's for the best.

Denison ISD Superintendent Henry Scott says they've been working on the plan since summer and are now asking for feedback from parents.

"Answer their questions and receive input from them," Scott said.

The district is hosting its second of six public meetings Monday night to review the plans.

As it stands now, the district will go from seven elementary schools to five, closing Lane and Golden Rule.

"We'll balance out at, once this is done, at a little over 400 students per campus on the five elementary schools," Scott said.

Scott says the consolidation would make their operations more efficient and would save the district about $1.5 million annually.

"It's money we badly need to put back into technology and other programs that would serve our students," Scott said.

Principal Sawyer and her students recently honored Golden Rule's history by re-enacting class pictures from 1925.

She says her teachers have been assured that they will be hired on at other Denison campuses, but they'll still miss Golden Rule.

"It's just an accepted thing in the community. They're all aware, have been made aware, and have kept up on the progress all along," Sawyer said.

Scott says, so far, he's received positive feedback on the rezoning, and he hopes to continue moving forward with the plans.

For rezoning public meeting dates and times, go here: http://www.denisonisd.net/education/district/district.php?sectionid=1


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