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DISD budgets $700,000 for student technology

Included in Denison Independent School District’s 2014-2015 draft budget is a major question mark left over from last year: $700,000 set aside to equip high school students with electronic devices. The district did not use that money last year, and it remains to be seen how or if it will be used in the new school year.

DISD to raise elementary class sizes

Denison Independent School District’s 2014-2015 draft budget shows the increases in staff one might expect from a district preparing to open a large new high school – eight new custodians and three new maintenance personnel will be added. But the district will also be losing seven teaching positions, due to shifting class sizes at the elementary level.

Thinking Camp is a learning experience for all

On a rainy Wednesday morning at the Austin College Thinking Camp in Sherman, the first and second graders were learning about blizzards. It was clear that few of them had experience with the phenomenon. “What is a nor’easter? I’ve never seen that word before in my life,” one student said. But, with the weather outside at seventy degrees at the end of July, it seemed like blizzards in Texas might not be too surprising this year.

DISD Board discusses draft budget

The budget was the main item before the Denison Independent School District Board of Trustees Tuesday evening. The Board approved a draft of the 2014 – 2015 general operating budget to be given final approval at their August meeting.

DISD board to talk budget

The Denison Independent School District Board of Trustees will discuss the first draft of the district’s 2014-2015 general operating budget and handle routine business at a meeting at 6:30 Tuesday evening.

Summer: a valuable time for learning

It is a fact of summer that, when classes dismiss and the school year ends, children spend their months of freedom slowly forgetting what they have learned. Most kids, given the choice, would rather play video games or go to a pool party than stay home and practice their multiplication tables, and that shows when they go back to school in the fall having lost some of the progress they made last year.

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.

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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.

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.