MISD Votes to Put Multi-Million Dollar Bond on November Ballot 8/14/12
CBS 7 Reporter
August 14, 2012
Midland, TX -Tonight Midland ISD board members voted unanimously to put a multi-million dollar bond proposal on the November 6th ballot.
Superintendent Dr. Ryder Warren proposed a $163 million bond project to improve elementary schools in MISD.
"We’re just busting at the seams at elementary schools," explains Dr. Warren.
The elementary school bond includes renovations and improvements for 24 campuses, the construction of three new schools and improvements to district technology.
Dr. Warren says there are 80 portable buildings being used in MISD elementary schools. The district added nearly 600 elementary students last year alone and they expect that number to continue to grow. Another reason Dr. Warren is looking to improve, he says the average age of an MISD building is 49 years old.
But the long-term plan includes changes for students all the way through 12th grade.
"Instead of having the elementary, junior high, freshman center, senior high school configuration, were going to go to a true elementary, middle school high school configuration," Dr. Warren explains.
Meaning the current set up won't work.
"Putting 3200 students at Midland High, there's just not a good way to do it, it gets very tight, even at Lee High," he says.
Dr. Warren has come up with a list of solutions, even the option of a 3rd high school.
"Significantly reducing the number of kids per high school, take us back down to a 4A level and creating smaller learning communities to be able to do that," Dr. Warren says.
Parents have mixed emotions about the plan.
"Our faculty, our staff have done an outstanding job with the resources they have at their disposal but this is a vibrant growing, changing community and the schools have got to adjust to meet it," says MHS parent Jeff McDonald.
"The way Midland’s growing were going to have to do something," says another MHS parent.
"Yeah for the elementary schools but not the high schools," explains a mother at Midland High.
"You’re going to have people who just truly love the tradition that we have, the purple and maroon tradition the Rebel and Bull Dog tradition,” says Dr. Warren. “But you're also going to have people who say ‘you know what? We could have 3 high school football teams and even more kids involved in athletics, and band, and choir and UIL academic programs."
"I am definitely interested in learning more about those details and giving the bond some serious consideration in favor of it."
Trustees are not expected to call a bond election for secondary schools until at least next May.
In the past 2 decades, voters approved only 4 of 10 propositions. And voters have twice rejected proposals that included building a new high school.
For more information on the bond you can visit www.midlandisd.net. There is a section dedicated to the elementary and secondary schools plan.