The Denison ISD Board of Trustees approved a plan for elementary school boundary rezoning at their regular meeting Tuesday, among other agenda items.

The Denison ISD Board of Trustees approved a plan for elementary school boundary rezoning at their regular meeting Tuesday, among other agenda items.


The Board voted unanimously to approve the plan for elementary school re-zoning boundaries. DISD officials began working with a demographer in July of last year to find the best, least-disruptive way to draw the new boundaries, said DISD Superintendent Henry Scott. They also held six public meetings at each elementary school to receive feedback from parents, and made adjustments based on those discussions.


Overall, 85 students are going to be affected by the re-zoning.


The adjustment of the zones was necessary to accommodate the closing of Layne Elementary School two years ago and the upcoming closing of Golden Rule Elementary School, Scott said. Class sizes across the campuses will now be more balanced, Scott said.


Scott assured that all Golden Rule Elementary teachers’ jobs are safe — they will be sent to other campuses.


"One of the things that we promised, more than anything, was that we would not lay off any teachers as a result of this consolidation of schools," he said, "We’re gonna keep that promise."


Representatives of Balfour Beatty Construction gave an update on construction of the New Denison High School. After a lull in construction due to the December ice storm and holidays, work is back in full swing, said District Construction Manager Chuck Edwards.


Edwards listed off several points of progress: Masonry on the front of the building is complete, except for pending construction of columns. The choir hall and band hall are nearing completion, and their roofs are currently being built. A Terrazzo logo of a yellow jacket in the school’s main entrance is nearly complete. Ceiling framing inside the auditorium is complete and sheet rock will soon be added to it.


The classroom wings are "basically done," Edwards said, except for some work on the floors.


Furthermore, the kitchen and cafeteria areas and gyms are also nearly finished.


A representative from Plyler Construction gave an update on the construction of the new Munson Stadium. Workers are currently digging storm drains around the property. Foundations are being laid for concession stands and the press box.


The stadium should be finished by the end of July.


Finally, during an executive session the Board voted to extend Scott’s contract for another year.