School's In!

By: Dwayne Wilder
Denison Ready for New School Year Dr. Henry Scott, Denison ISD superintendent, praised the ‘great week’ of inservice the district’s teachers had last week as they got ready for the new year. “We are looking good; we have great schools, engaged teachers and wonderful students,” said Scott from his office late last week. “We have hired some new outstanding teachers as well; we are poised for a great school year.” The newly built Denison High School will open for the third time on Monday. It has taken a couple of years to get all the parts and programs going in the right/same direction, according to Scott. “It took a little while to get used to the new building; it is really functioning well now,” said Scott. “It is a great asset to our students; state of the art. It turned out great (from the Bond Election of 2011).” Scott noted that there were no ‘major’ changes in the district for the 2016-17 school year. He added that the normal upgrades and policy tweats have occurred, but overall everything is running smoothly. “We have a new program at the high school which will help students get ready for life after school,” explained Scott. “We already had the AP and Dual Credit courses, but this is an upgrade for our career/tech programs in manufacturing and industry. The ‘World of Work’ concept.” One major change at administration is the new Director of Special Programs: Regina Prigge, who replaced the retired Dr. Brent Hoy. Prigge spent the past 21 years at Hyde Park Elementary as principal. Keri Kaai was named new principal at the school with Prigge’s departure. According to Scott, the school year will start with the usual fall activities and class reunions. “We are getting the students back and settled and getting ready for a great fall,” said Scott. One of those activities is the dedication of the Tower Bell, which was saved when the former DHS building was demolished downtown in 2007. That original 1914 building housed the bell, which was bought by students in 1874, just two years after Denison was incorporated. It sat in the original Washington School, the first free graded school in Texas. According to Scott, the bell was mounted in early August at the new high school location in the southwest corner at the front of the building. The bell and plaque will be dedicated in mid-September. “We want all the community to come and dedicate this bell as an original piece of Denison school history,” said Scott. “It was those early students who raised the money for it to be in the first school building.”

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