MIDLAND, Texas (BIG2/FOX24) – Midland Independent School District is looking to reconfigure its grade levels. This would mean expansion of current buildings and construction of new ones.
The bond was presented to the school board at Monday night’s meeting by Midland ISD’s Facility Master Planning Committee. Members of the school board will meet again for their August 19th meeting where they will decide to move forward, or not, with the proposal.
“We can’t afford to wait financially and we can’t afford to wait for our student needs,” said Midland ISD Board of Trustees’ President Rick Davis.
With the recent legislation to fund additional dollars for pr-k students, Davis says the district wanted to offer families the option to send kids to their neighborhood elementary school. And with most middle school curriculums in the state written for grades 6th through 8th, it would make curriculums at Midland ISD more compatible with the rest.
“If we can get those 9th graders onto the high school campus before they get their Driver’s License, and get them accustomed to going to that school, then our chances are better to keep them from dropping out.”
But with all district schools at full capacity, making these shifts would mean expanding the existing Lee High School and building two new ones.
“Their recommendation for the old Midland High School is to repurpose it into essentially two parts: The replacement campus for San Jacinto Junior High School. The other half of Midland High, they suggest be repurposed for specialized academy – grades 6th through 12.”
Midland ISD is also looking to seal the deal on its purchase of Ranchland Hills Golf Club. Davis says it would be the perfect location for this $569 million project.
“Several years ago we purchased a little over 100 acres south of the Grande stadium. That land would be a good site for the third high school if you will.”
Davis says right now is prime time to take action as the school’s property taxes have decreased, and interest rates are lower than usual.