The Denison School District will continue a series of meetings to discuss proposed plans to modify coverage boundaries for the 2014-15 school year for its elementary schools. At 5 p.m. Tuesday, a meeting will be held at Golden Rule Elementary, with a second meeting scheduled at Terrell Elementary at 6 p.m. Thursday.

The Denison School District will continue a series of meetings to discuss proposed plans to modify coverage boundaries for the 2014-15 school year for its elementary schools. At 5 p.m. Tuesday, a meeting will be held at Golden Rule Elementary, with a second meeting scheduled at Terrell Elementary at 6 p.m. Thursday.


The changes come as the District plans to close Golden Rule Elementary at the end of the current school year and relocate students to the District’s five other elementary schools. Golden Rule will become the second District school to close after Layne Elementary shut its doors two years ago.


Golden Rule, which was built in 1922, is in need of significant maintenance and updating, said District Superintendent Henry Scott. After looking at possibilities, it was determined that it would be more cost effective to simply close the aging facility and relocate students to more modern facilities that have room for growth.


"It is a building that has served the School District and community for many, many years," said Scott.


While Golden Rule’s closure played a part in the proposed coverage changes, other changes were made to streamline and consolidate coverage. When redrawing the map, particular emphasis was placed on drawing maps that kept students close to the schools they would attend, prevent students from having to cross highways or railroad crossings, and balance students so most schools have ample room for future growth, said Scott.


"The changes, other than (closing Golden Rule) are fairly minimal," said Scott.


Included in the changes are plans to move fifth-grade classes to intermediate schools, opening up over 100 spots for students in District elementary schools, said Scott.


The plans come as the District looks for ways to increase efficiency, with $1.2 million in expected savings each school year from the re-balance, said Scott. The District believes it will be more efficient to run five medium-sized schools than seven small schools, said Scott.


The Tuesday night meeting will be the third in the series, after similar meetings were held at Hyde Park Elementary and Houston Elementary in December. Icy storms early last month forced the District to postpone and reschedule the other planned meetings in January. The meeting Tuesday is at 5 p.m. and the meeting Thursday is at 6 p.m.


Additional meetings are planned at Mayes Elementary at 6 p.m. Jan. 14, and Lamar Elementary on Jan. 16.