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Realtors, business leaders invited to tour, talk growth March 6

           The Denton Independent School District will host area realtors and business leaders for the annual Adopt-a-School Growth Tour and Breakfast beginning at 8:45 a.m. on Tuesday, March 6, at Rodriguez Middle School, 8650 Martop Road, Oak Point.


            “As one of the fastest growing school district’s in the Metroplex, we realize that local realtors and economic development leaders are continually asked about our school district,” said Mario Zavala, director of communications and community relations. “This is an opportunity for leaders to see for themselves what is driving the growth in our area – our schools.”


            Named after longtime public education advocates, Dr. Rudy and Rosemary Rodriguez, the Home of the Vipers opened in the fall of 2017 as the district’s eighth middle school and the second ‘feeder” school of Braswell High School, the district’s fourth comprehensive high school.


            Along with the opening of Catherine Bell Elementary and Braswell High, Denton ISD now has eight schools in the easternmost portion of the district that encompasses the U.S. Highway 380 area.  District leaders will discuss the growth in the area and how the district will meet the influx of students and families coming to Denton ISD.


            Rodriguez Middle School, a 176,100-square foot state-of-the-art campus situated in Oak Point, features 42 classrooms surrounded by open, collaborative learning spaces filled with natural light as well as courtyards for educational use. The building is supported by more than 300 geothermal wells and a self-sustaining retention pond designed to be used both for energy efficiency and as an educational tool.  


            “While we’ve seen growth in pockets throughout the district, most of the explosive growth has been along the US 380 corridor, what we call the Braswell Zone,” said Dr. Jamie Wilson, superintendent of schools. “We will continue to add campuses in that area as well as start addressing the needs of our older, traditional campuses as we continue to grow.”


            Since the district’s last capital improvement election in 2013, enrollment has grown 3,660 students. Denton ISD has experienced a sustained growth rate of three percent during the past 10 years and currently stands as the fourth fastest-growing district in regards to closings on new homes in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.


            Please RSVP to attend the tour by Thursday, March 1, by contacting the Communications & Community Relations Dept. at (940) 369-0007 or emailing