• Frequently Asked Questions

    MISD called a bond election to address capacity, school safety, security and technology needs in the District’s secondary schools and support academic transformation.

    A school bond election is issued by a public school district, typically to finance a building or other capital project. These measures are placed on the ballot by district school boards to be approved by the voting public. 

    A school bond is similar to a home mortgage. It is a contract to repay borrowed money over time with a fixed, tax-exempt interest rate. Bonds are approved by voters and sold by a school district to lenders/underwriters to raise funds to pay for the costs of construction, acquisitions, renovations and equipment. These types of investments and facility projects are too large to be included in a school district’s annual operating budget. The state of Texas also does not provide facility funding to ISDs. 

    Almost all school districts in Texas utilize bonds to finance new facilities and major renovation projects. Bond funds are not subject to recapture (also known as Robin Hood). Every dollar raised from a school bond stays local.

    Bond financing can be used for bricks and mortar, furniture, furnishings and equipment and many other costs associated with a school’s educational purposes.

    The Facility Master Planning Committee began meeting in January 2018 to assess the District’s facility needs and make recommendations regarding future facility needs. Their primary objectives were to study, consider various options, and make fiscally responsible recommendations to the School Board on how to address our community’s existing and future estimated secondary student capacity, safety, and technology needs for approximately the next ten years and, expand our capabilities to serve additional Pre-K students at our elementary campuses.  The Committee also sought to address select capital replacement needs and minor athletic improvements including the following:

    • School choice and opportunities for student participation
    • Academic transformation
    • Modern learning environments
    • Growing student enrollment and adequate classroom space
    • Meeting current capacity needs
    • Meeting security needs
    • Meeting technology needs

    The Committee met 18 times and spent over 2,000 hours studying:

    • Historic MISD membership
    • Past demographic studies (Arnold Oates and DeJong Richter)
    • Existing building/site capacity (elementary & secondary)
    • Existing facility conditions
    • City housing/development growth
    • Midland on the Move data
    • MISD’s System of Great Schools
    • Grade configurations
    • District program needs: academic, athletic, fine arts, CTE
    • Facility deferred maintenance needs
    • Technology needs
    • High school student/community forums
    • Secondary school safety/security
    • Educational facility model review
    • Existing campuses tours (Bunche, Yarbrough, Alamo, Goddard, San Jacinto, Lee Freshman, Coleman, LSHS, MSHS and Rankin H.S.)
    • Proposed facility improvement cost review
    • Tax impact analysis
    • Davis Demographic Study review
    • Community survey review
    • Financial/budget review
    • Bond proposal development
    • Consensus building

    School bonds work a lot like home loans. The basic purpose is to allow the borrower to spend money right away and then pay it back over time. School districts use bonds to borrow money to pay for capital projects, short-term projects and expenses outside daily operations. School districts must seek voter approval to issue bonds. The Board of Trustees calls for an election. If bonds are approved by voters, bonds are sold to investors and proceeds are used for the capital projects that voters approved through the election. A school district’s tax rate is comprised of two tax rates: the maintenance and operations (M&O) tax rate, which raises the revenues necessary to cover a school district’s operating costs (payroll, supplies, equipment, insurance, utilities, etc.), and the interest and sinking (I&S) tax rate, which raises the revenues necessary to pay principal and interest due on the school district’s bonds each year.

    The school district is responsible for sharing information with voters about the proposed bond package so the community can make an informed decision at the polls.

    The last facilities bond election was in 2012. This bond funded the construction of Yarborough, Fasken and Bunche elementary schools and provided school safety, security and technology improments to every elementary school campus. A new high school was last built 60 years ago, and the last bond election to build a junior high was 30 years ago.

    A bond of $569 million is proposed for two new comprehensive high schools, renovation of an existing high school and renovation of an existing junior high. Districtwide middle and high school projects include safety and security, technology, athletics and capital replacements such as new roofs, energy management system upgrades and HVAC replacements.

    New Midland High School

    • New comprehensive 9-12 grade high school building on a new site
    • Serve 2,400 students with core capacity 2,900
    • Modern teaching and learning facility with collaborative spaces
    • New science and technology labs, fine arts facilities
    • Competition and practice gyms, indoor practice facility
    • Practice fields, baseball, softball, and track

    New Lee High School

    • New comprehensive 9-12 grade high school building on a new site
    • Serve 2,400 students with core capacity 2,900
    • Modern teaching and learning facility with collaborative spaces
    • New science and technology labs, fine arts facilities
    • Competition and practice gyms, indoor practice facility
    • Practice fields, baseball, softball, and track

    New 3rd High School on current Lee High School campus site

    • Serve 2,400 student with core capacity for 2,900
    • Complete renovation of “C” classroom wing, which opened in 1961
    • Modern teaching and learning facility with upgraded classrooms, labs
    • Adding 10 new classrooms through the renovations
    • New secure entryway and office area
    • New kitchen and cafeteria
    • New 2nd competition gym with boys and girls locker rooms
    • New football fieldhouse, weight room, and indoor practice facility
    • New baseball practice field, second synthetic practice field
    • New finishes and furniture campus-wide
    • Technology upgrades and Wi-Fi
    • Reconfiguration of parking lots to improve drop-off and pick-up
    • Parking lot LED lighting
    • Exterior fencing
    • Additional parking for baseball and softball fields
    • ADA improvements
    • Updated library
    • Landscape improvements
    Repurpose Midland High School to San Jacinto & 6-12th Academy
    • San Jacinto
      • Repurpose portion of exiting MHS into SJ Middle School
      • Accommodate up to 1,140 students
      • SJ could be a Fine Arts Middle School (pathway from Bowie)
    • Both schools
      • Renovate classrooms, science labs, office areas
      • New centralized kitchen and cafeteria
      • New student commons and secure entry vestibule
      • New gymnasium and locker rooms
      • New turf practice field
      • New 4-lane lighted track
    • New 6th-12th grade academy
    • Could be Boys Academy, Petroleum Academy, or other concept
    • Modern teaching facility with hands-on training
    • Industry certification programs for college and career
    • Opportunity for industry and regional workforce development partnerships

    Middle School Conversion

    • Convert 4 existing junior highs into middle schools (grades 6-8)
      • Abell
      • Alamo
      • Goddard
      • San Jacinto
    • Repurpose freshman schools into middle schools 5 and 6
      • Saves approx. $150 M by not building new campus
    • Repurpose existing SJ for Young Women's Leadership Academy
      • Enrollment of 700
      • Program began this school year with 6th-7th grades at Jones Elementary
    • Expand and relocate San Jacinto Middle School
      • Comprehensive 6th-8th grade middle school
      • Adds 290 middle school seats
      • Fine Arts focus - pathway from Bowie
    • All middle schools receive "middle school package"
      • Safety and security
      • Secure entryways, access controlled card readers for main and classroom doors
      • Security fencing at every middle and high school
      • Upgraded fire alarm systems and security cameras
      • Pick-up/drop-off improvements at many campuses
      • Technology
      • Athletics
      • Capital improvements
      • Turf, lights, landscape enhancements aligned to Quality of Place

    Repurpose existing SJ for Young Women's Leadership Academy

    • Enrollment of 700
    • Program began this school year with 6th-7th grades at Jones Elementary
    TOTAL: $569,000,000

    After considering a number of different options, the Citizens Committee’s ultimate recommendation was to have three comprehensive high schools, rather than two larger high schools, to afford students smaller learning environments and more opportunities to participate in extracurricular activities of all kinds which help to keep students enrolled and engaged in school. Because Midland’s population has more than doubled since 1959, a third high school can provide the same benefits for our growing number of high school students while, increasing our options to address future student growth.

    No changes will start until the new campuses are ready for occupancy, which is scheduled for fall 2023. Students who begin as freshmen at LHS or MHS will graduate from LHS and MHS. The existing Lee campus will begin with a new freshman class starting in 2023-24. Freshmen zoned to attend the new LHS or MHS will attend assigned freshman campuses until 2025-26, at which time they will begin going to the new campuses. This will mean the new LHS and MHS campuses will be only 10th-12th grade for the first two years.

    New school boundaries will not be drawn until after the bond election, and any boundary change would not be implemented until 2023-24. The new lines will be drawn using data from the 2020 Census, local developers and current and future planned-growth data, as well as the City’s road expansion plans. All of these factors, as well as community input, will be necessary to draw the best boundary lines to create three equal comprehensive high schools.

    By law, bond dollars can only be spent on "bricks and mortar" projects. However, funds for teacher salaries currently come from the same resources used to maintain aging facilities and lease portable classrooms. By moving those costs to I&S, we could free up funds for teacher salaries. This past year, the board approved raises for teachers districtwide. It is the District's goal to continue to increase salaries for all teachers.

    According to demographic studies, we can expect a population increase of 8600 students over the next 10 years. These students are coming regardless of staffing. The district has already taken steps to improve recruitment and retention. This year, our attrition rate decreased by 10%, showing we are taking steps in the right direction.

    Beginning in 2017, the District embarked on a plan to become a System of Great Schools and transform our academic performance. This included launching our Midland on the Move initiative, and opening six innovation schools in the fall of 2019. This bond would allow for even more student and parent choice by giving the Young Women's Leadership Academy a permanent home, and creating a new, specialized 6th-12th grade academy. The bond would also feature 21st Century technology, giving teachers modern tools to educate students.

    The technology, safety, and security upgrades at all the middle schools could be implemented in about a year. The design of the two new high schools will take approximately one year, followed by two years of construction, and their opening scheduled for the start of the 2023-24 school year. The remodeling of the existing Lee High and Midland High campuses will begin once the students on those campuses are transferred to their new high school campuses to avoid classroom disruption. All facilities to be remodeled and upgraded under this bond would be completed, and the accompanying reconfiguration of grades afforded by this bond would be fully implemented, by the start of the 2026-27 school year.

    The initial capacity of each of the three high schools will be 2,400 students. However, they would all be constructed and remodeled so their infrastructure – which includes kitchens, cafeterias, common areas, and extracurricular facilities – could accommodate up to 500 additional students on each campus on each campus if that is what this community wants to do when the time comes to consider expanding them to address future student growth.

    Issuance of the bonds, if approved in the November bond election, would result in a projected increase in the I&S tax rate for debt service of $.0959. As an example, for a home with a market value of $300,000, that would result in a monthly increase of approximately $19.58. However, because of the reduction of the M&O tax rate equal to $.07 because of new legislation, the net tax rate increase will be $.0259; therefore, the net monthly impact or increase on a home with a market value of $300,000 would be approximately $5.29. Visit the Financial Impact section to see a table that breaks down the tax impact by home valuation.

    The State Property Tax Code allows for school property taxes on an individual homestead to be “frozen” at the age of 65. If you are 65 years of age or older and you have filed for the “Over 65 Homestead Exemption,” the amount of your school taxes are frozen at the dollar amount of the school taxes you paid in the year you turned 65. The only exception is if improvements are made to a home. As such, the amount of your school taxes will not increase even if the bond passes if you have filed and qualified for the “Over 65 Homestead Exemption.” To have your taxes frozen, you must submit an application with the Midland County Central Appraisal District.

    1. HB 3 mandated a compression of the tax rate by 7 cents. This means that the net effect on homeowners of the bond will be lower than it would be otherwise.

    2. HB 3 also provided more funding for early childhood education. If the bond passes, roughly 1,200 pre-K students will be eligible for enrollment.

    Midland ISD is out of space in our secondary schools. If a bond proposal is not approved, the District will be forced to increase the use of portable classroom structures. We currently have 76 portable classrooms being used for junior high, freshman and senior high schools. Twenty-three of the portable classrooms on secondary campuses are leased to the district at a cost of $138,000 per year.