MISD needs more room for junior high students

MISD needs more room for junior high students

Bond Planning Committee considers far more than new high schools

June 1, 2023 — As the student population grows, so too does the need for greater capacity, especially at Midland ISD's junior high schools.

On Thursday, the MISD Bond Planning Committee met for the fifth time. Members came to Bunche Elementary to learn more about and share their perspectives on a number of topics, including what's possible for junior highs.

FAR MORE THAN JUST HIGH SCHOOLS

MISD has seen its student population grow, and projections say that number will continue to rise significantly over the next decade. That's why the bond committee is working now to recommend a plan to support that growth — and it involves far more than just high schools.

The committee is considering recommending a grade reconfiguration that would move sixth-graders out of elementary schools and into middle schools with their seventh- and eighth-grade peers. On Thursday, members were presented with several options that would see MISD go from the four current junior highs, which only serve seventh- and eighth-graders, to either six, seven and possibly eight middle schools.

When presented with several options, the committee made clear that middle schools should not have portable classrooms. Members' favored option included converting Legacy High and Midland Freshman into middle schools and renovating the four existing junior high schools so that they can increase capacity and keep all students in the building — not in portables.

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MEETING ELEMENTARY SCHOOL GROWTH

Midland has grown rapidly, especially in the northeastern portion of the city. With the rise in young families building houses in this area comes the increase in the number of elementary school students. Currently, these students are served by Franks Elementary — miles away from this area of town. The committee is considering recommending the construction of a new elementary school in the Lone Star Trails area, right in the heart of where this growth is occurring.

The committee overwhelmingly supported building an elementary school in northeast Midland for several reasons, including that this makes Franks Elementary once again a true neighborhood school.

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BOND VOTES ACROSS TEXAS

Voters in districts across Texas have approved 78% of school bond propositions so far this year. Seventeen bond elections have been above $400 million; all but one passed. In West Texas, all bond proposals have passed, including Midland's nearby neighbors Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ($447 million) and Andrews ($151 million).

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ABOUT THE COMMITTEE

The Bond Planning Committee’s goal is to develop and recommend to the Midland ISD Board of Trustees a bond plan that addresses these facilities issues and prepares the district for future enrollment growth, evolving instructional programs and preventive maintenance.

The committee was formed after MISD’s Long-Range Planning Committee recommended to the board nearly unanimously Feb. 9 that one should be formed. Their conclusion was informed in part by a demographic study showing that MISD's aging facilities, particularly its high schools, cannot support the rapid and persistent growth the community is facing. The Long-Range Planning Committee began its work in August 2021 and presented initial recommendations to the Board of Trustees in November 2022.

SAVE THE DATE

Bond Planning Committee meetings are open to the public. Here are upcoming meetings.

  • 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 20, at Legacy High School.
  • 6 p.m. Monday, July 17, if necessary at a site to be determined.

MISD also will host a pair of Bond Planning Community Feedback meetings that will give parents whose children are future Bulldogs and Rebels, as well as other community members, the opportunity to share what they see as important for future MISD facilities.

  • 5:15-7 p.m. Tuesday, June 13, at Legacy High School.
  • 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 13, at Midland High School.

MORE INFORMATION

MISD’s Bond Planning Committee website will be updated with more information as the process continues. You can find it at midlandisd.net/bond.

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Media Relations Contact:

Trevor Hawes

Communications Specialist

432-240-1044 | trevor.hawes@midlandisd.net