MISD addresses concerns regarding the future site of Midland High School at Ranchland Hills

MISD addresses concerns regarding the future site of Midland High School at Ranchland Hills

September 14, 2023 — In 2019, the owner of 1600 East Wadley Avenue (Ranchland Hills Golf Course) put the property up for sale. Midland Independent School District (MISD) purchased the land in a decision that was driven by the need to secure a suitable location for a potential new Midland High School. There were two viable options on the market at the time: Ranchland Hills Golf Course and a plot of land north of town. The latter posed significant infrastructure challenges, including utility costs of approximately $1 million per mile. A transaction occurred between a motivated seller and a willing buyer. The seller and operator of Ranchland Hills Golf Course knew the land was intended for a new high school and that the golf course would likely be closed at some point.

The acquisition of the property by MISD created discussion and concerns. However, the decision was grounded in strategic foresight. Other potential opportunities for an alternate site have been fully considered. Since 2019, there has been a lease agreement for $10,000 per month ($120,000/year) between MISD and the operators of Ranchland Hills Golf course for the term of one year which will expire in October 2024. 

A recently released concept rendering of the campus site has led to questions about the size, quantity, and placement of trees on the property. These renderings are for visualization purposes only and are subject to change. Final designs will involve additional community input and customization for individual campuses.

In an effort to leave no stone unturned, in recent months, four potential properties were brought forth to MISD and the facilities committee as alternate sites. However, none of these are currently on the market.

Media Relations Contact:

Lyndsey White

Chief Communications Officer

432-240-1008 | lyndsey.white@midlandisd.net