DISD School Board Agenda

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The Denison ISD Board of Trustees meets the third Tuesday of each month (in most cases). Please refer to the School Board Meeting Calendar page to verify meeting dates.


The Denison ISD Board of Trustees meets at 6:30 pm in the Bruce T. Hibbett Board Room in the Denison ISD Administration Building located at 1201 S. Rusk. The meetings are open to the public.




Denison Independent School District

1201 S. Rusk Avenue, Denison, TX 75020

September 20, 2022

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Denison ISD Board of Trustees President Bob Rhoden called to order the Regular Meeting of the Denison ISD Board of Trustees on September 20, 2022, at 6:30 p.m. in the Bruce T. Hibbitt, Jr. Board Room of the Administration Building, located at 1201 S. Rusk in Denison, Texas. The Board began the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance led by Summer Wilson from Houston Elementary followed by the invocation by Dr. David Kirkbride. The role of DISD Board Trustees who work diligently to serve and meet the educational needs of more than 4,500 Denison ISD students states: “As a Denison ISD board of trustees, we are here to set goals, listen to reports, approve budgets & contracts and make policy for the district. It is not the role of the board to make day-to-day operational decisions. The management and day-to-day operations of the district are the responsibility of the Superintendent. We have policies and procedures in place to resolve concerns and issues. This is a public meeting of the Board of Trustees, not a meeting of the public. Prior to this meeting, Board trustees received information related to items on tonight’s agenda. Agenda items will not necessarily be handled in the order listed on the notice. The meeting is open to all who wish to attend and hear the matters discussed.”  Minutes from the previous meeting were approved. The Board of Trustees approved all routine business.   


During the Board comments portion of the meeting, trustees stated… 


Board member DAVID HAWLEY: “Yes. Things are going real well. We have been introducing some new programs to try to explain to the parents how much it is needed for them to get their kids to school and get them there on time. It's been a long time coming. It as a lot to do with not only just the people here in the district, but also in my court. So, I'm hoping that this is going to turn out, and so far it has.” 

Board member SHELLE CASSELL: “It has been a couple of weeks since we came home with the Battle of the Ax win. I am just so amazed and love all of the new traditions that surround that, from the Cross Country to the food drive, and now the administrative picnic that we had with Sherman administrators. Things like that I just love... that you know a game that's been going on forever is still finding new ways to touch the community.” 

Board secretary LINDA FLEMMING: “I am shouting out to our Blue Ribbon School (Terrell Elementary). Staff, students what an accomplishment to be recognized among so many other deserving schools.” 

Board member ERIC HUNT: “I just want to say kudos to the Denison Fighting Yellow Jackets. They are showing a tremendous, resilience and spirit. Never down, never too far out to come back and get a victory. So being a former Jacket myself, I’ve got to appreciate that.” 

Board vice-president BECKY RUSSELL: “This last Tuesday, I quietly joined the committee studying the future of our Denison school district. It is just some good work that is happening and a lot of conversations with a lot of input from the community. It is a truly diverse, engaged group of people examining the District in three years, five years, 10 years, and more. It was very encouraging.” 

Board president BOB RHODEN: “The school year is off to a good start. Yes, it is. But I would ask those people who are inclined to pray or remember Dr. Hicks (Sherman ISD) family. Obviously, he had left Sherman, but that's still pretty raw nerve down there and that is quite a shock, quite a surprise. So, if you would, remember Dr. Hicks family and include prayers in the next few days. I have been excited to see the work coming out of the long-range planning committee. Those folks are engaged and interested in what is going on.” 

Following the Board comments portion of the meeting, the Board heard information items from presenters. Information items included: 

  • Denison ISD Long-Range Planning Committee Co-Chair George Hatfield shared a report regarding the committee’s workshop held on Saturday, September 17. Dr. Hatfield’s remarks are as follows: “It's a pleasure for me to bring a report to you from the Long-Range Planning Committee. The Long Range Planning Committee is making great progress toward accomplishing the charge that the Board has given to us. I will say that the participation and the commitment of all the members of the committee has been outstanding. We begin each meeting with the opportunity for committee members to ask questions about anything they have seen from the very first meeting we've had up until that time. It is a time for them to provide input that they have heard from anybody in the community and their attendance area, from their area that they're representing about the process. So, it is a very open, fluid process. We've toured Admin, Scott Middle School, B. McDaniel and the service center so far. We've heard great presentations from the city manager and the Denison Development Alliance concerning their current projects and their players for the growth of Denison and what they're looking for and preparing for in the next 5 to 10 years. We also heard a very interesting report from the districts demographer outlining the projected student growth of the district over the next several years, and I know that you've already seen those figures also. This past Saturday, as Mrs. Russell has already mentioned, we did have a meeting all morning at the Service Center and we got to hear the report from Dr. Kirkbride and his staff about the structure of the school. We worked all morning on the structure of the schools, including all the school's grade levels, all programs including CTE and pre-K instruction and I will tell you that we have reached consensus in three areas. First, we unanimously agreed the future structure of the school district should include a pre-K center separate from the elementary schools. Second, the committee unanimously agreed that the middle grades five through eight should be together on one campus, but with the commitment that fifth and sixth grade be separated, separated from seventh and eighth grade. And thirdly, we agreed that the configuration of Pathways should separate the choice side from the discipline alternative education program, moving the choice program to a second location. I will emphasize that in each area, the committee had the options of selecting between an option recommended by the school staff or a second option that the school staff could support, or the committee had the leeway to come up with their own option. So it wasn't one of these deals where you have a choice and then several bad choices. Obviously, we're not done, but as we progress through our charge and we receive more information, we may revisit the things that we've already talked about and decided on. We may learn some things that change our mind. But anyway, that's where we are now. We feel very good about the work we've done, the progress we're making towards deliver you a recommendation for a plan for the next 10 years. Our intentions, however, are to provide you with a framework that you can use that will accommodate the district beyond that 10-year period. 

  • Denison Mayor Janet Gott came before the board to present a check in the amount of $17,693.16 from the Douglass Distributing “Pump Some Yellow Jacket Pride” program. The program gives back to Denison schools from the proceeds at specified pumps in the Denison community. 


During the Superintendent comments portion of the meeting... 

Denison ISD Superintendent DR. DAVID KIRKBRIDE: “Last Thursday, the Denison ISD leadership team had the privilege of going to all the campuses and handed out over 700 checks for $1000 each to all our staff members. And that comes through the support of the Board as a retention check, and as a sign bonus for our new employees. A lot of our new employees didn't think they were getting checks even though we told them they would when we hired him. That was a wonderful morning. Lots of tears, lots of thank you’s, and lots of excitement anytime you can pass out money and food. Payday bars. And that was Mrs. Cannon’s idea. Thank you very much for continuing to support our teachers and staff. And, I want to say a bit about Terrell Elementary. Under 300 schools nationwide are selected as Blue Ribbon Schools, and only 31 schools in the entire state of Texas. This is the second time a school in Denison ISD has received this award over the past 15 years. Golden Rule being the first, and Terrell being now. I don't know that any other school in Grayson County has ever received that recognition.”   


At the conclusion of the Superintendent’s comments, the Board meeting proceeded as scheduled. 



  • UIL State Outstanding Soloist 



Pursuant to Texas Government Section 551.072, discussions regarding potential real property for purchase consisting of approximately 4.028 facers, out of the James Manning Survey, Abstract No. 781, described as Grayson Central Appraisal District Property ID No. 151362, at 4101 Texoma Pkwy, Denison, Texas 75020 



Consider Approval of Resolution Regarding the Purchase of Improved Real Property consisting of approximately 4.028 acres, out of the James Manning Survey, Abstract No. 781, described as Grayson Central Appraisal District Property ID No. 151362, at 4101 Texoma Pkwy, Denison, Texas 75020 






  • Approval of minutes of previous meeting(s) 

  • Approval of current bills July 2022 

  • Investment Report July 2022 

  • Financial Report July 2022 

  • Tax Collection Report July 2022 





Denison ISD requested a proposal from Wrightson, Johnson, Haddon & Williams, 

Inc. for specialty design and consulting services. If approved, they would prepare 

specifications, design documents and provide the engineering requirements for 

several fine arts construction and equipment needs. Their fee for the service will 

be $67,000. The Board of Trustees approved the proposal from 

Wrightson, Johnson, Haddon & Williams, Inc. 






House Bill 3 Board Goals: Early Childhood Literacy and Early Childhood Mathematics 

According to Texas Education Code, §11.185, the Board of Trustees adopted annual goals for five school years to reach quantifiable goals for student performance in the three areas of early childhood literacy proficiency, early childhood mathematics proficiency, and college, career, and military readiness (CCMR). In order to inform the Board of Trustees regarding students’ progress toward meeting the established goals in early childhood literacy and mathematics proficiency, the following 3rd Grade STAAR data from the Spring 2022 Administration is presented. 




The follow resignations were accepted. 

  • Black, Suzanne– Cosmetology, Denison High School (Retirement 8-31-22) 

  • Liles, Keenan – History, Denison High School (Retirement end of 2022-2023 school year). 

The following employees have been hired: 

  • Anderson, Sandra – 3rd Grade, Hyde Park Elementary 



Pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.076, discussions regarding deployment and implementation of security personnel or devices 


Following the closed session, the board reconvened in open session. 


Following the regular business and the closed session portion of the meeting, the Board meeting was adjourned.