The Denison School Board approved initial plans to donate or grant use of excess facilities to community groups during a regular meeting on Tuesday.

The Denison School Board approved initial plans to donate or grant use of excess facilities to community groups during a regular meeting on Tuesday.


The Board passed a measure that sets the groundwork for the donation of the Golden Rule Elementary gymnasium and property to the Boys & Girls Club of Denison. As Golden Rule approaches its closure at the end of the school year, District administrators received a request from Club Board President Don Banman for the donation of the facility, and the two acres it occupies.


"The Boys & Girls Club will be able to utilize (the gymnasium) to serve our students," said Denison Superintendent Henry Scott.


Scott said that the demolition of the gymnasium would cost the district about $25,000. Scott mentioned that the sale of the property at former Layne Elementary broke even with it’s attorney’s fees and transfer of title, making the sale a wash.


"Financially, the District is ahead by making this donation," said Scott.


The School District is required to hold a public hearing and conduct a survey to define the legal boundaries of the property before it can donate the facility to the nonprofit. The hearing is expected to be held at next month’s Board meeting.


During the same meeting, the Board approved a request for the use of a District facility by the Denison Alumni Association. The association requested the use of the District’s Discipline Management Center, located at 1710 S. Mirick starting with the 2014-2015 school year. The facility will no longer be needed by the District after the new Denison High School opens.


"The alumni association supports our students," said Scott.


The group wishes to open a museum in the building, putting artifacts and displays from the District’s long past on permanent display, said Scott. The District will maintain the facility, but all utilities and expenses will be paid for by the association, said Scott.