The Denison Independent School District Board of Trustees on Tuesday night adopted a change to district policy that will allow teachers and other employees to take spans of leave greater than two days. The change was approved with the stipulation that any prolonged absences will have to be approved by local principals. Previously, district policy required administrators to dock the pay of any employee who needed to take extended time off, regardless of their leave balance.

The Denison Independent School District Board of Trustees on Tuesday night adopted a change to district policy that will allow teachers and other employees to take spans of leave greater than two days. The change was approved with the stipulation that any prolonged absences will have to be approved by local principals. Previously, district policy required administrators to dock the pay of any employee who needed to take extended time off, regardless of their leave balance.


Board members voted to allow the city of Denison to purchase 25 properties for use in its affordable housing program, at a cost of $4,800. "Hopefully, in the future, we can get these back on the tax roll," said Assistant Superintendent Lee McNair.


Architect Steve Hulsey reported that a contract with Sherman-based Plyler Construction has been finalized for the renovations to Munson Stadium. Hulsey informed the Board that the renovations are on schedule to begin as soon as football season concludes.


The Board received a report on the bond program that highlighted recent construction on the new high school, including the completion of sod work on the baseball, softball, and practice fields. Board member Brian Aspell questioned Hulsey on ventilation in the new indoor practice fields. Hulsey explained the additional features in the new facility that will help move air, including additional garage doors and fans. He said the current FieldTurf surface will be reused at the new location.


Representatives from Balfour Beatty Construction presented a check for $2,500 dollars to the Denison Education Foundation, a portion of the proceeds from the company’s annual golf tournament. The Foundation said the money will help offset the operating costs of its own golf tournament, to be held next weekend.


A presentation on District food services by Director of Food Services Debbie Hosford noted that all Denison schools passed state inspection. She reported that previous-year issues with rodents at the high school had been resolved.


The Board held a brief special meeting prior to the regular session in which McNair informed the trustees that the district has achieved a superior Financial Integrity Rating for 2012, making Denison ISD a perfect ten-for-ten since the accountability system was created. The district achieved a perfect score on 12 of 13 criteria measuring financial responsibility in the most recent report.