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Denton school board gives OK for bond election

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By Britney Tabor/Staff Writer

The Denton school board voted 7-0 Tuesday calling a $312 million bond election for Nov. 5.

Voters will be asked to vote "for" or against" a referendum funding projects including the construction of a fourth high school along the U.S. Highway 380 corridor; a 23rd and 24th elementary school; an eighth middle school; a ninth-grade addition at Guyer High School; renovations at 17 existing campuses; energy conservation improvements; and land acquisition.

Estimated costs for the projects total more than $329.56 million, and district officials have said that if voters approve the referendum before them in November, about $17.6 million in savings obtained from the 2007 bond projects will be applied toward the proposed 2013 bond referendum.

District officials have said the projects in the proposed 2013 bond referendum will accommodate Denton's increasing student enrollment population. 

"The kids are coming, and it's our job, it's our duty to have the facilities so that they can have the best educational experience possible," board President Charles Stafford said. 

More details to come.

BRITNEY TABOR can be reached at 940-566-6876 and via Twitter at @BritneyTabor.