2013 Bond Projects
Voters in the Denton Independent School District approved a $312 million bond package on Nov. 5, 2013. The vote count was 5,984 for the proposal and 2,798 voting against it, resulting in more than 68 percent of voters approving the package.
The bond package includes the following items:
Braswell High School $149.6 million
- The district’s high schools – Denton, Guyer and Ryan – are at or over capacity. This new high school, which has since been named Ray Braswell High School and will be built on U.S. 380 next to Navo Road, will alleviate the overcrowding at Ryan High and Denton High.
- The 2007 bond election allocated $3.5 million to design the school, meaning planning for Braswell was well underway before the 2013 bond.
Bell Elementary School and Union Park Elementary School: $50.9 million
There are 13,500 students in 21 elementary schools. In 2018, that number is expected to reach 15,710 students. By 2022, elementary students will total 17,884. Elementary No. 23, which has since been named Catherine Bell Elementary, will be located next to Braswell High School and primarily serve families in Paloma Creek South.
Rodriguez Middle School $48.2 million
In 2012, there were 5,559 students in Denton ISD middle schools. By 2017, there will be about 6,740 middle school students enrolled in the district’s seven middle schools. To make room for this rapid growth, a new middle school will be built in the Braswell attendance zone and relieve crowding at Navo Middle School, the district’s largest middle school. This middle school has been approved to be located in the town of Oak Point between Martop and McCormick roads.
Guyer High School Expansion (including 9th Grade Addition): $49.9 million
An addition to Guyer High School will provide the space needed for future and current students, and it will increase the school’s capacity to house roughly 3,000 students. The addition will help maximize the campus space without the cost of a new school. The new construction will be designed exclusively for ninth-graders and as a “school within a school,” with shared services and many shared common spaces.
Renovations to existing schools: $11.4 million
- Ann Windle School for Young Children: New roof in old areas
- Borman Elementary: Provide covered walkway from exterior door at library to drive
- Ginnings Elementary: New roof in all old areas and additional parking
- Evers, Hodge and McNair Elementary: Replace standing seam roof with energy-efficient materials
- Newton Rayzor Elementary: New roof in all old areas and build perimeter fence around playground
- Rivera Elementary and Wilson: New roof in all old areas
- W.S. Ryan Elementary: New flooring, carpet replacement, painting and replacing wainscot and tackwall
- Calhoun and Strickland Middle: New roof in all old areas
- Crownover Middle: Covered walkway and canopy outside cafeteria and replace heating boilers
- McMath Middle: Covered walkway and canopy outside cafeteria
- Denton High: New bleachers and press box for baseball field and new bleachers for tennis courts
- Fred Moore High: Constructing secure entry vestibule, installing fire alarm system and new PA and bell system and replace flooring and carpeting throughout building, including gym
- Ryan High: Replace chillers in main building and press box at baseball field
Improvements for energy conservation: $1.6 million
The Denton ISD Board of Trustees and Citizens Bond Committee are committed to continuously working on more energy-efficient facilities. The bond proposal includes the following “green” features: intelligent irrigation, retrofitting of exterior lighting, and the retrofitting the HVAC at Guyer High School.
Land acquisitions: $18 million
The district also would use bond funds to acquire property to prepare for future growth. The average cost per acre within the school district is determined by local market value. These funds will be used so the district can acquire property in the areas of projected growth.