Denton Independent School District, Texas

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Denton Independent School District
Denton, Texas
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District Profile
Superintendent:Jamie Wilson
Graduation rate:93.1 percent[1]
Number of schools:32
Budget: $208.6 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Charles Stafford
Board members:7
Term length:3
Denton Independent School District is a school district in Texas that served 25,714 students during the 2012-2013 school year.[1] The district was founded when local residents approved a $15,000 bond for a public school in 1882. Residents have approved three bond issues totaling $627 million between 2003 and 2013 to expand district facilities due to substantial growth in enrollment.[2] Denton Independent School District is the 46th-largest school district in Texas.

About the district

Denton Independent School District is located in Denton County, Texas
Denton Independent School District is located in Denton, the county seat of Denton County, Texas. According to the United States Census Bureau, Denton is home to 121,123 residents.[3]


Denton outperformed the rest of Texas in terms of higher education achievement in 2010. The United States Census Bureau found that 37.1 percent of Denton residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 26.3 percent for Texas as a whole. The median household income in Denton was $47,598 compared to $51,563 for the state of Texas. The poverty rate in Denton was 19.5 percent compared to 17.4 percent for the entire state.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2010[3]
Race Denton (%) Texas (%)
White 73.8 70.4
Black or African American 10.3 11.8
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.8 0.7
Asian 4.1 3.8
Two or More Races 3.2 2.7
Hispanic or Latino 21.2 37.6

Presidential votes, 2000-2012[4]
Year Democratic vote (%) Republican vote (%)
2012 33.3 64.9
2008 37.4 61.6
2004 29.4 69.9
2000 27.3 69.6

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.[5]


The superintendent of Denton Independent School District during the 2013-2014 school year was Jamie Wilson. He has served in the position since his appointment in 2012. Wilson previously served as the district's assistant superintendent of secondary academic programs from 2005 to 2012.[6]

School board

The Denton Board of Trustees consists of seven members elected to three-year terms. Each member is elected to a specific seat but represents the entire district. Trustees are not paid but receive compensation for travel expenses and conference fees associated with district business.[7]

Denton Board of Trustees
Member Place Assumed Office Term Ends
Barbara Burns 1 2012 2015
Jeanetta Smith 2 2006 2015
Glenna G. Harris 3 2007 2016
Mia Price 4 2001 2016
Charles Stafford 5 2004 2016
Jim Alexander 6 1996 2017
Dorothy Martinez 7 2014 2017

School board elections

See also: Denton Independent School District elections (2014)

Members of the Board of Trustees are elected to three-year terms on a staggered basis. Two seats were up for election on May 10, 2014. Two seats will be on the ballot in May 2015 and three seats will be up for election in May 2016.

Public participation in board meetings

The Board of Trustees maintains the following policy regarding public participation in board meetings last updated in 2004:[8]

Audience participation at a Board meeting is limited to the public comment portion of the meeting designated for that purpose. At all other times during a Board meeting, the audience shall not enter into discussion or debate on matters being considered by the Board, unless requested by the presiding officer.

At regular meetings the Board shall allot time to hear persons who desire to make comments to the Board. Persons who wish to participate in this portion of the meeting shall sign up with the presiding officer or designee before the meeting begins and shall indicate the topic about which they wish to speak.

No presentation shall exceed three minutes. Delegations of more than five persons shall appoint one person to present their views before the Board; the delegation’s appointee may, with Board approval, speak for up to five minutes.

Specific factual information or recitation of existing policy may be furnished in response to inquiries, but the Board shall not deliberate or decide regarding any subject that is not included on the agenda posted with notice of the meeting.

The presiding officer or designee shall determine whether a person addressing the Board has attempted to solve a matter administratively through resolution channels established by policy. If not, the person shall be referred to the appropriate policy (see list below) to seek resolution:

  • Employee complaints: DGBA
  • Student or parent complaints: FNG
  • Public complaints: GF

The Board shall not tolerate disruption of the meeting by members of the audience. If, after at least one warning from the presiding officer, any person continues to disrupt the meeting by his or her words or actions, the presiding officer may request assistance from law enforcement officials to have the person removed from the meeting.[9]


Denton Independent School District publishes annual budgets on its website.[10]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2013-2014 $175,929,550 84.3% $7,395,604 3.5% $24,975,576 12% $0 0% $356,446 0.2% $208,657,177
Averages: $175,929,550 84% $7,395,604 4% $24,975,576 12% $0 0% $356,446 0% $208,657,177

Teacher salaries

Teacher salaries at Denton Independent School District are categorized based on higher education achievement and years of service. A teacher with a Bachelor's degree can earn higher salaries by pursuing graduate degrees. The salary schedule also accounts for graduate degrees by providing higher starting salaries and greater potential salaries. The following table lists salaries for district teachers during the 2013-2014 school year:[11]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Median salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
B.A. 48,000 51,200 60,960
MA 49,750 52,950 62,710
Ph.D. 51,500 54,700 64,460

Schools in Denton Independent School District


The district's K-12 student enrollment increased from 23,994 students during the 2010-2011 school year to 25,714 students during the 2012-2013 school year.[1]

District schools

Denton Independent School District operates 32 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[12]

Denton Independent School District
Billy Ryan High School
Blanton Elementary School
Borman Elementary School
Calhoun Middle School
Cross Oaks Elementary School
Crownover Middle School
Denton High School
E.P. Rayzor Elementary School
Ever Parks Elementary School
Fred Moore High School
Ginnings Elementary School
Harpool Middle School
Hawk Elementary School
Hodge Elementary School
Houston Elementary School
John H. Guyer High School
L.A. Nelson Elementary School
Lee Elementary School
McMath Middle School
McNair Elementary School
Myers Middle School
N. Rayzor Elementary School
Navo Middle School
Olive Stephens Elementary School
Paloma Creek Elementary School
Pecan Creek Elementary School
Providence Elementary School
Rivera Elementary School
Savannah Elementary School
Strickland Middle School
Wilson Elementary School
W.S. Ryan Elementary School

Academic performance

The Texas Education Agency issues an annual accountability report for each school district in the state. This rating determines if district schools fulfill expectations in four categories of educational achievement during a particular school year. The following terms explain these categories:

  • Student Achievement: Measures student performance on the annual Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) test.
  • Student Progress: Measures student performance in reading, math and writing courses at the district level.
  • Closing Performance Gaps: Measures year-to-year performance among students in the lowest-performing demographics.
  • Postsecondary Readiness: Measures student readiness for college, employment or military service after graduation.

Denton Independent School District received a Met Standard designation on the state's 2013 report. District schools met 94% of indicators set forth by state education officials and all four assessment categories. The following table details the district's accountability report during the 2012-2013 school year:[13]

Performance Index Summary, 2012-2013
Category Points earned Maximum points Index score Target score
Student Achievement 44,358 54,579 81 50
Student Progress 1,663 4,800 35 21
Closing Performance Gaps 1,107 1,500 74 55
Postsecondary Readiness 1,126.1 1,200 94 75

Contact information

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Denton Independent School District
1307 N. Locust St.
Denton, TX 76201
Phone: (940) 369-0000

See also

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