On November 9, 2016, by a margin of 58% to 42%, the voters of Midlothian ISD (MISD) approved the District’s $268 million bond package referendum. The package is providing new schools to manage growth, renovations to existing schools, up-to-date technology and security, basic maintenance and capital upgrades.
The comprehensive bond package was put together by a volunteer Growth Management Committee
(GMC) comprised of parents, grandparents, teachers and business leaders from across the MISD community. Using the MISD Strategic Plan as a guide, the committee conducted a comprehensive review of the current state of the District and evaluated trends in growth patterns.
“First of all we would like to thank the voters of Midlothian ISD for supporting our students and teachers. The outcome of this election is a clear indication of the commitment this community has for our District,” said Dr. Lane Ledbetter, MISD Superintendent. “We would also like to thank the hundreds of community members, parents and educators who played vital roles in these activities that began over a year ago. Starting with the longer-term strategic plan followed by the growth management committee and then finally the bond election, this has been an incredible effort on many levels. I know I speak for the Board Of Trustees when I say thank you to everyone who served throughout this process.”
The District has since formed a citizens Bond Oversight Committee
to oversee the activities associated with the bond implementation, and the Board Of Trustees is working with the district administration to prioritize bond projects.
In November 2016, Todd Hemphill, President of the MISD School Board, said, “Now the true work begins. We will work with the citizens bond oversight committee and our administrators to ensure our District gets the most impact possible in accordance with the bond framework. It is an exciting time to be a part of the Midlothian Independent School District. Thanks again to all who have worked so hard to make this happen. The shining star that is MISD is poised to strive for new heights by continuing to create an environment where inspiring excellence is not just a mission statement but a daily reality.”
Professional demographers predict 5,000 new students will call MISD home by 2026 – that’s a 60 percent increase. With the projected population and construction growth in MISD, no increase in the district’s property tax rate will be necessary to finance the bond package.
The mission of MISD is to educate students by empowering them to maximize their potential. The MISD administration is available to answer any questions about the bond referendum. To arrange an interview or schedule an informative presentation for local clubs or organizations, please contact the district at (972) 775-8296.