Denison Independent School District Superintendent Henry Scott said that DISD faculty, staff, and students are working hard to keep up the schedule of Advanced Placement and dual-credit testing for ambitious Denison High School Yellow Jackets.

Denison Independent School District Superintendent Henry Scott said that DISD faculty, staff, and students are working hard to keep up the schedule of Advanced Placement and dual-credit testing for ambitious Denison High School Yellow Jackets.


Scott said on Friday, after missing five full class days, the district is "in a real bind. We lost five days of instructions, and this is at a crucial time at the end of the semester. Everything is back to normal today but recovering those lost days of instruction is difficult."


Scott said that one of the biggest disruptions to the district’s schedule from the ice storm involved re-arranging AP and dual high school and college credit testing times for DHS students.


"We’ll be able to do it; it’s just gonna take a lot of planning," Scott said. "We’ll get it all done, but it’s going to be a challenge."


Scott said one of the people he has worked with to allow Yellow Jackets to finish their advanced testing on time is Grayson College president Jeremy McMillen. McMillen said that GC hosts nearly 1,000 area high school students for dual-credit programs and testing.


McMillen said that the College has had to extend its semester, keeping students and faculty on the campus longer than expected and generating extra food service needs among other concerns.


The College president said that after a delay in the testing schedule, "we went ahead and started yesterday, and our faculty has really been working hard. It’s been an inconvenience for our students also, but they’ve been great, our faculty and staff too."


McMillen said that the area high school students including DHS Yellow Jackets make up 20 percent of Grayson College’s enrollment. McMillen said the dual-credit program has been a great success, and he is happy to put the extra work in to keep the testing on track.


The president said the college is "so grateful for what all of the entities have done to work together in this tough situation." McMillen and Scott both expressed admiration for their staff’s hard work in the aftermath of the ice storm, a common sentiment from Texoma’s community leaders in the last week.