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Technology at center of new Tom Bean Elementary

TOM BEAN — Donning a hard hat and work boots over his office clothes, Tom Bean Independent School District Superintendent Troy Roberts surveyed the construction of his District’s new elementary school Monday afternoon. Roberts said he and his office keep a close watch on the $10 million project, approved by voters last spring.

SISD tightens drunk-driving policy

As part of its ongoing policy review effort, the Sherman Independent School District Board of Trustees voted Monday to amend its policy on drunk driving for employees transporting students. Employees now face harsher penalties for driving under the influence, although district officials stressed that this change is not due to any discovered or rumored drunk driving incidents.

SISD Board continues sex ed discussions

The Sherman School Board gathered Monday evening for a quick and quiet regular meeting. Foremost on the agenda was continued discussion of a new human sexuality course and several updates to board policy.

The cost of building schools

When school starts back in September, Denison teenagers will break in a brand new, 360,000-square-foot, $50,000,000 high school. Until recently, comparing the size and cost of this new school to others around the state would be a nearly impossible task. But data from a new state report shows that $50 million was a bargain for a school the size of DHS, and the building is much larger than high schools in other similar districts.

DHS to begin retesting after end-of-year results disappear

For some of the 164 Denison High School students whose English I and II answer sheets were lost after the school mailed them off to be graded, next week means going back to school. Monday and Tuesday will be the students’ first chance to retake the tests, a state requirement for graduation.

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Van Alstyne student receives national writing award

VAN ALSTYNE — It’s a story about a man’s life from the perspective of his mustache. For young writer Jacob Williams, who just finished his sophomore year at Van Alstyne High School, that story earned him a trip to New York City to be recognized as one of the top teenage writers in the nation.

Teachers share stories at Business Education for Teachers event

After a week in the workforce through the Business Education for Teachers program, 14 local teachers who took part in the experience met on Friday at Workforce Solutions Texoma in Sherman to share stories, ideas and lunch. The program, organized by the Denison Development Alliance, Workforce Solutions Texoma and local school districts, got teachers out of the classroom to experience jobs from welding to local government in order to give them an in-depth knowledge of the jobs their students may one day have.

Masons level new DHS cornerstone

As construction nears completion on the new Denison High School, Free Masons from across the state performed a cornerstone leveling ceremony on Friday morning. Local Masons, representatives from the Grand Lodge of Texas and members of the public were on hand to dedicate the building, which will be open for students in the fall.

New Leader at Grayson College Foundation

A strong record of growing foundations and extensive experience in strategic planning for both non-profit and for-profit organizations made Randall W. Truxal the choice of Grayson College as its new executive director of the Grayson College Foundation. He began his duties in May.

Local districts receive STAAR test results

The students may have left the building, but the first week of the summer has been busy for many Texoma schools. The preliminary results of the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness arrived at schools in the first week of June, and districts all across the state are now looking at what went right, what went wrong, and how to best prepare students for next year’s tests.

DHS students’ end-of-year test answers missing

Just before the end of classes, Denison High School teachers began to notice something strange about the results they were receiving from state end-of-course exams. There were too few of them. Somehow, 164 out of over 700 answer sheets from the standardized tests had disappeared.

Lamar Elementary rallies around student with cancer

When Denison first grader Rylee Dawson came home from a day at Lamar Elementary almost two months ago complaining of sand in her eye, her mother Ariel didn’t think much about it. “We asked her, can you still see? Is it affecting your vision?” said Dawson. “She said she was all right.”

Howe field house, pressbox construction proves expensive

HOWE — The Howe School Board took a big step last week toward an upgrade at Howe High School football stadium. In a special session Friday evening to consider bids as part of their ongoing renovation of their district’s athletic complex, the Board awarded a bid to build a new field house, remodel the existing field house and build a new press box at bulldog stadium was awarded to Metal Masters of Sherman in the amount of $231,100.