The Denison School Board convened its monthly meeting on Tuesday night, reviewing the district’s new elementary attendance boundaries for the 2014-15 school year. The new boundaries are required as the school district transitions from six elementary schools to five.

The Denison School Board convened its monthly meeting on Tuesday night, reviewing the district’s new elementary attendance boundaries for the 2014-15 school year. The new boundaries are required as the school district transitions from six elementary schools to five.


"With the closing of Golden Rule; we said we would reallocate the attendance boundaries. Most of the movement within the five campuses is fairly minimal," said District Superintendent Henry Scott. "It is going to slightly increase busing, but it’s not going to be a major increase."


"Obviously, some students are going to be at different schools next year, but not that many," added Assistant Superintendent George Hatfield.


The proposed boundaries were created using demographic data, with an eye for avoiding potential hazards, such as railroad crossings, while also making students’ commutes as short as possible. The district will schedule a series of campus meetings in early December to receive community input.


"We want to be very open to the public. We want parents to have the opportunity to comment on this plan," said Scott.


District officials plan to submit the final plan to the Board for approval on Dec. 17. A complete copy of the proposed map is available at www.heralddemocrat.com.


In other matters, School Board members approved comprehensive, site-based improvement plans for each of the district’s nine campuses. The plans include reports on the culture and achievements of each school, as well as a summary of future goals and technology and teaching needs.


The DISD Board acted to ensure the election of former Denison City Attorney Tom Akins to the Grayson Central Appraisal District’s Board by granting him the majority of the District’s votes. The board put its remaining votes toward the election of Sherman ISD nominee Al Zorilla.


The board approved Whitesboro’s Capco Communications, Inc. to manage the project to extend the District’s fiber-optic network to the new high school. Capco was the only firm to submit qualifications for the project.


District Construction Manager Chuck Edwards updated the board on the demolition at Munson Stadium. Edwards said the demolition of the home stands was mostly complete, with clean-up scheduled next. A representative from Balfour Beatty walked the board through progress at the high school, explaining that the steel work is currently being completed on the auditorium, which is the final project remaining before the structure is entirely enclosed.