Denison voters will have an opportunity to vote on a $20.8 million school bond that the Denison Independent School District hopes to use to expand two elementary schools in the district.
Here are five things to know about the election.
1. Deadline to register is approaching.
The deadline to register to vote in the election will be Monday. Early voting begins Oct. 21 and runs until Nov. 1. Ballot-by-mail applications need to be received by Oct. 25.
2. The district has a bond website.
The school district set up a website to provide information to voters. The website also has links to a contact form to provide feedback to the district. The website can be found by going to www.denisonisd-bond.net/
Additionally, there is a website that includes the recommendation the Facilities and Planning Committee made to the school board.
3. The school board was divided.
The school board reluctantly passed the measure calling for the election with two members vocally outspoken against the proposal as a stop-gap measure.
The board held multiple meetings to call the election with it finally being passed during a crowded, special called meeting.
Other solutions that were brought up included building a completely new elementary campus as well as possibly utilizing temporary buildings as a short-term solution.
4. The bond will cost $20.8 million.
$10,600,000 will cover the construction at Mayes Elementary School while $10,250,000 will go towards improvements at Hyde Park Elementary School.
The Denison ISD school board set a goal to ensure property taxes would not increase more than $.03. The two campuses will each have 10 additional classrooms added as well as additional space in the cafeterias and parking lots.
5. The district remains crowded.
The school district is seeking the bonds for the improvements as a method of alleviating some of the congestion at the elementary level.
The district has requested class size waivers from the Texas Education Agency last year. The district is also seeking a waiver to post-pone the expansion of the all day pre-k the state legislature recently mandated.
Even if the bond passes the district it will be a minimum of two school years before the construction is c0mpleted and the additional space can be put to use.
Do you support the bond to expand Mayes and Hyde Park? Let Denison area reporter Richard A. Todd know by sending email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter @RichardAToddHD.