Denison ISD may get assistance from TxDOT for road improvements

By: Victoria Maranan Email
By: Victoria Maranan Email

DENISON, TX-The plan for the new Denison High School has been in the works for years and just last year, the bond to fund the construction passed. But now, they're running into an expense they didn't budget for that could affect the safety of students, staff and parents.
State Highway 91 is a two-lane street and the new Denison High School will be built right on it. School officials tell me they are concerned about the traffic the new school will cause, that's why they need help from TxDOT to fund road changes because that's not covered by the $80 million school bond.
While traffic on Highway 91 in Denison may not be heavy now Denison ISD superintendent, Dr. Henry Scott said that'll change once the new high school opens August 2014.

"3:40 in the afternoon when school's out, and all these cars are driving and leaving at the same time. Safety is a major safety concern," he said.

That's why the school district partnered with the City of Denison to ask TxDOT for help fund road modifications on Highway 91 in front of the high school.

"That was not considered in the bond issue. Certainly the city and the school district both have an interest in this, but neither of us have the resources available to fund it," said Scott.

"They've already put together some plans and in those plans, it includes building a left turn lane and some right turn lanes to get traffic in and out of the campus safely," said TxDOT area engineer, David Selman.

He said the project will cost $500,000 that's why they have to review their budget to decide if they can help.

"We haven't formally made the decision. What we're doing is we're just saying 'please submit the request' and then we can officially submit the request, then we can look in our budget to see if we've got the money available to be able to help you," Selman said.

"You know funding is always an issue with any agency and TxDOT got funding issues just like school districts and cities," said Scott.

The City of Denison passed a resolution Monday on behalf of Denison ISD hoping to get the support they need from TxDOT for the road improvements.

"Our hope and our goal is to make sure that the road is safe, the same goal as TxDOT and DISD share. So our goal is to work together to get that done, so a resolution is a method whereby we can express our concern to TXDOT," said Denison City Manager, Robert Hanna.

Selman said if the funding is approved, they will be able to start construction April 2014. He said it can take up to a year before TxDOT approves the application.

Denison school officials said they'll adopt the resolution tomorrow night at the school board meeting.

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  • by BAR Location: Denison on Jun 20, 2012 at 07:59 PM
    How much land does DISD now own. Does it still own the first lot it bought for the HS just up 75 from the current piece of property. Who is grazing their cows on school property? Who did we buy both pieces of land from? Which long time Denison resident made a grunch of money on this land? This whole 8o million stinks.
  • by Mickey Location: Denison on Jun 20, 2012 at 12:27 PM
    Whoa, hold on there!. We were told the $80 million plus bond package was necessary to assure the safety of students, staff, and parents. Don't be telling us now that even after going into this much debt that they still won't be safe afterall. A resignation or two is in order. This wasn't an oversight. It's incompetence.
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      by Anonymous on Jun 20, 2012 at 02:10 PM in reply to Mickey
      Prove it! They will never turn over the documents!
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        by Mickey on Jun 21, 2012 at 08:14 AM in reply to
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      by mjc on Jun 22, 2012 at 10:45 PM in reply to Mickey
      well let me just say that if all of you will think back at what was said then go really find out whats going on you all will see that what they said and what they are doing is totally different. and i promise you before it is over they will want more money.just wait its comming. i voted NO and a bunch of others wish they had.wake up.
  • by Taxpayer on Jun 20, 2012 at 06:17 AM
    What? How many of us taxpayers asked that VERY same question at the various meetings, but were told it was "in the budget"???
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      by Anonymous on Jun 20, 2012 at 02:09 PM in reply to Taxpayer
      Probably ever taxpayer who asked was told this. The federal government lies to us daily, why shouldn't local government do the same?
  • by RayRayRay Location: Sherman on Jun 20, 2012 at 03:54 AM
    First, they get $80 Million for a new high school in a town and district that is dying and losing population every year. THEN they fail to properly plan for a roadway to get to the new school, which is nearly in Oklahoma ... Great job, Dr. Scott.....
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      by Barry on Jun 20, 2012 at 12:46 PM in reply to RayRayRay
      Correct Ray... the entire city is dirty, filty, unkept... and they want 80 million to build new schools... thats like planting flowers in the front yard while your house is burning. DISD has less students every year... but that doesn't matter to the powers that be... Cause they have "good looking" schools DOES NOT equal a quality education.
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        by Anonymous on Jun 20, 2012 at 02:08 PM in reply to Barry
        It's more like spraying air freshener in front of the sewer plant!!
  • by Buddy Location: Denison on Jun 19, 2012 at 08:52 PM
    Come on people,you say you planned for "Years" Planned so much and hard that an overpass was a "must" and here you "Planners" thinkers ,expert consultants come up with this slight oversight that will cost $$$$.This is waste or/and deliberate fraud."Sandbagging" is what we called it in the Construction industry.You deliberatly leave out important work so you can get "Change Orders"that are needed and cannot be left out or you have a substandard job.Go ahead and run this by those who dont know,but this is a scam.Just the first of many I'm sure of that.Before its all said and done there will be some in high authority who will make a tidy sum off this school project.Its crooked plain and simple,and if it isn't then there are some professional emploees who are not worth being in our employment.I still see it as a SCAM,Cheat and Deliberate act of corruption.
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      by mjc on Jun 22, 2012 at 10:54 PM in reply to Buddy
      to buddy; you are right one this one i wish we could all find out what is going on.i know that they are doing everything the wrong way. i would like to know who is going to these new schools? look under ebby .com and see how many homes are up for sale in denison. as of tonight there were 129 priced at 150,000 and under there was 10 new listings from last wk. to tonight. i have been told that a couple of disd higher ups are moving from here because of the higher taxes. what does that tell you?
  • by nancy Location: sherman on Jun 19, 2012 at 04:52 PM
    TxDot needs to spend their money on fixing HWY75 not Denisions ISD screwup!
  • by Dottie Location: Denison on Jun 19, 2012 at 02:26 PM
    I'm excited about the new DHS--our kids deserve it. I'm also glad to hear that the safety issue is being considered now instead of later...glad the City, DISD and TxDOT are working together.
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      by Taxpayer on Jun 20, 2012 at 06:21 AM in reply to Dottie
      Our kids DESERVE the best edcuation we can provide them. NOT an $80 million dollar ( interest) debt load on their future.
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      by Crawl on Jun 20, 2012 at 02:07 PM in reply to Dottie
      Dottie, they do deserve it! I deserve a new brick house too and so does everyone else in America! We all deserve new cars too. And new TV sets. New everything! Ooopppps, forgot one thing, who pays?
  • by Denison Resident Location: Denison on Jun 19, 2012 at 02:00 PM
    I find this hard to believe as this was brought up in one of the meetings. It was mentioned the road would need updated due to the "traffic". Also was discussed about the railroad track that runs through hwy 91. A bridge? I dont believe this was never thought of as it was discussed in a meeting I was in.......
  • by Anonymous on Jun 19, 2012 at 01:46 PM
    They didn't plan for the traffic? Just who and why is there now an over pass just down the road. Who paid for that and who imagined it was needed. 80 million dollars for a city of 21 thousand. Still makes no sense to me.
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      by Taxpayer on Jun 20, 2012 at 06:19 AM in reply to
      Don't forget to add the interest to the 80 million.
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      by mjc on Jun 22, 2012 at 11:00 PM in reply to
      every heard of fuzzy math. as for the overpass, i have been wondering about that to. i was told by some body that would know that that overpass was going to be built almost 2 yrs before the bond election that it would be and that the bond was going to pass. this was before the second property was bought. well before we thought it was.
  • by Joey Location: Denison on Jun 19, 2012 at 12:27 PM
    How could DISD choose this site without knowing full well there would be a traffic issue involved? A Superintendent, administrative staff members, pricipals, teachers, and the entire board of trustees, all of whom supported the bond issue 100%, and none of them considered the traffic issue!?!? That is just about impossible to beleive. They were certainly fully aware of the necessity to construct that bridge over the railroad, but turn lanes etc never crossed their minds? Stop pi**ing down our backs and telling us it's raining.
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      by Kevin on Jun 20, 2012 at 02:06 PM in reply to Joey
      They knew full well. Just like our "transparent" federal government, if they told us too much, it wouldn't have passed!!
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      by mjc on Jun 24, 2012 at 09:54 PM in reply to Joey
      hey guess what else they didnt do? didnt check to see if the sewer and water lines were in the right place. they did not have the ground checked for hazarous waste that could be in and on the ground from the old jm plant across the road.they also forgot to ask epa about the creeks on this place,they cant fill them in,so what are they going to do with that? my other question that wasnt ever answered was WHAT KIND OF SAFTY SHELTER HAVE THEY GOT FOR THESE KIDS WHEN TORNADOS COME? oh and by the way i was told that this 80 million doesnt count the furniture needed.
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