Denison's new high school on track to open for the 2014 school year

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DENISON, TX -- Denison ISD's new high school is about 85 percent complete putting on pace to open with the start of the 2014 school year.

Bobby Atnip with Balfour Beatty construction said, "Right now it's a diamond in the ruff. When we get it finished, it'll be that polished diamond."

It's a year and a half in the works, but the school district sees light at the end of the tunnel.

Superintendent Dr. Henry Scott said, "The community is gonna be really proud of what they see once we complete this building."

Dr. Scott says the new high school will have 14 science labs and it will give students and teachers the latest in technology.

Atnip said, "Every classroom will have a smart board, with what we call a short throw project, that the teachers can work off of."

The school will have the most modern amenities like a professionally lit auditorium, two gymnasiums, a cafeteria and library both twice the size of the ones at the current high school.

Dr. Scott said, "I think it'll be as nice a school as anything in the state."

The building is 300,000 square feet, and sits on 130 acres of land.
Which Dr. Scott says leaves them open for future development.

Dr. Scott said, "People as they look to move to a community, they look at your schools. When they come and look at this facility, they're gonna say that's where I want my kids to go to school." and a new school is something the district desperately needs.

Dr. Scott said, "We've been very patient, and have done our homework and now that it's almost done, it feels very worthwhile."

Scott says his favorite feature is the location at Highway 75 and 91 overlooking the Texoma landscape, but the view walking in the front door can be just as overwhelming.

Dr. Scott says they plan to wrap up construction sometime in May.

He says the school will officially open it's doors when students fill the halls for the start of the 2014-2015 school year.