Balfour Beatty Construction gave a tour of the new, nearly-complete Denison High School Tuesday evening that was attended by Denison School Board members, teachers and other members of the community.

Balfour Beatty Construction gave a tour of the new, nearly-complete Denison High School Tuesday evening that was attended by Denison School Board members, teachers and other members of the community.


The new high school is being built with concerns of the old high school in mind, the principle concern being space, said Denison ISD Superintendent Henry Scott.


For example, the current high school has a shortage of science labs. The new high school has 14 science labs, some of which are specialized for chemistry, physics and biology.


Several rooms are also bigger to accommodate more students. The cafeteria is about twice the size of the current high school’s cafeteria. The classrooms in the new school have about 150 more square feet.


Balfour Beatty Project Architect Keith Cummins told of several new features of the school, which include:


• TV monitors near every staircase that will show announcements;


• vocational classrooms for veterinary classes, cosmetology and culinary arts;


• a competition gym that can hold 1,500 people, two practice gyms and a separate gym for the cheerleaders and drill team; and


• a lecture hall and an auditorium.


Scott said he visits the construction site twice per week and is very pleased with the progress he sees.


"I think it’s going to be great. It’s going to serve the students well," Scott said. He said he likes the school’s layout and its location at the top of a hill.


Denison ISD will begin moving into the new school in the summer of 2014. Classes will begin at the new school that fall.


The current Denison High School building will be converted into a middle school, Scott said.