Denison calls $20.8 million school bond election

Published: Aug. 12, 2019 at 11:21 PM CDT
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The bond amount is set at $20,850,000.

Eight years ago, Denison voters passed a $79 million dollar school bond that paid for the construction of the new high school, and renovations at Munson Stadium, significantly raising property taxes.

As a part of that bond, Denison downsized from seven elementary schools to just five - closing down Layne and Golden Rule.

Now, Denison administrators are asking taxpayers to consider a new $20 million bond to accommodate overcrowding at those elementary campuses due to a five percent growth in the district.

Denison ISD Superintendent Dr. Henry Scott says if voters pass the bond, the tax increase will be minimal.

"It's a minimal increase in taxes -1.9 cents. Not percent, but cents, which is minimal," Scott said.

Dr. Scott says the bond money will be equally divided between both Mayes and Hyde Park elementary schools for expansions to both. A good portion of the money will go to classrooms, expanding cafeterias, and will add more room for parking lots.

Becky Russell, a board member, is a retired Denison ISD teacher. She taught for Denison ISD for 34 years.

"It's a maybe yes or a maybe no, but we hope the people will support it," Russell said.

Hyde Park elementary principal Kerry Kaai hopes the people will make the right decision when it comes to the student's education.

"I know our community, and I know what they're capable of," Kaai said.

As for the future of Denison elementary schools, President of the board David Hawley says he wants to focus on the now, rather than the later.

"Right now we need to try and get this bond election going in order to fix the problems that we have immediately, and then move forward with a new school," Hawley said.

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