Plans for the expansion of two Denison Independent School District campuses are beginning to take shape. Members of the Denison ISD School Board will receive an update, and visual plans for the expansion of Mayes and Hyde Park Elementary Schools when they meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.


In November, Denison voted approved a $20.85 million bond aimed at improving and expanding the two campuses amid several consecutive years of growth in the district.


About $10.6 million of the funds will go toward expanding Mayes Elementary. Initial plans included 10 additional classrooms, a new cafeteria and kitchen restrooms and a new bus loop, among other improvements.


About $10.25 million will go toward the Hyde Park project, which will see many of the same additions.


In other matters, the board is expected to consider a resolution that will allow the district to continue to pay employees who are unable to work due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.


In order to pay employees in a situation where the district is not legally obligated to do so, the board must pass a resolution declaring there is a public purpose to this expense. This will follow a similar resolution passed by Sherman ISD last month.


The board will also consider granting DISD Superintendent Henry Scott emergency purchasing power, including waiving normal competitive purchasing requirements due to the ongoing pandemic.


The board will also consider adding an addition $400,000 to the budget related to asbestos removal and flooring on district facilities.


Tuesday’s meeting will be held remotely via teleconference due to the ongoing pandemic. To attend, please visit www.denisonisd.net/boardmeeting.


Michael Hutchins is the local government reporter for the Herald Democrat. He can be reached at mhutchins@heralddemocrat.com.