Denton ISD schools to reopen Wednesday, board to meet tonight

Maintenance and custodial staff reported to work for the Denton school district today to prepare school grounds for the return of students Wednesday, said district officials.

At this point, classes and school activities are expected to resume Wednesday, said Sharon Cox, a spokeswoman for the district.

“We had our maintenance and custodial staff report at 10 a.m. today to clear the sidewalks and get the schools ready for opening tomorrow,” she said. “They’re preparing the schools for the students to arrive tomorrow.”

Transportation staff was also out surveying the roads Tuesday in preparation for transporting students Wednesday, she said.

“We appreciate all the cooperation from our families and staff of being supportive through this storm,” Cox said. “They have been supportive of our decision to close school and keep our students safe.”

Despite the district closing for a third day, district officials announced Tuesday that the school board would continue with its scheduled 6 p.m. meeting.

Board President Charles Stafford said trustees will attempt to complete the meeting “as fast as possible” and get attendees home early. If conditions are safe to hold today’s meeting, the board will do so and if conditions worsen, the meeting will be canceled.

“If it looks like it’s not going to be pretty safe in the parking lot, we’ll cancel it,” he said. “We thought that we would monitor the situation through the day, and if the lots would thaw out, we would go ahead and have our meeting.”

Some items, originally slated for tonight’s meeting, have been rescheduled for January, Cox said, and include presentations, a 2007 bond progress report and a construction report. A workshop discussion on the proposed elementary attendance boundaries will also be postponed until January since the district has been unable to host its second public hearing on the issue due to inclement weather. The public hearing was originally slated for Dec. 5 at Harpool Middle School and was rescheduled for Dec. 9 but was postponed again for a date to be determined when the district reopens, Cox said.

Tonight’s board meeting will take place at the Dennis E. Stephens Central Administration Building, 1307 N. Locust St. in Denton.



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