The Midlothian Independent School District is in a rapidly growing community, and several new facilities and campuses from the Bond 2016 program are set to open in the 2022 - 2023 school year, including Heritage High School Phase II and Elementary #8. This is in addition to our newest campuses such as Dieterich Middle School and the new J.R. Irvin Elementary campus. The Bond 2016 program was designed by a community committee recognizing the need to keep up with increasing enrollment, and with these new campuses, we need new school boundaries.
In an effort to bring community voice to the process, the district is launching a community committee to review enrollment data, campus capacities, growth projections, and more to recommend adjusted boundaries for the high schools, elementary schools, and to re-evaluate the middle school boundaries as needed. This committee will begin meeting in January 2021 and continue to meet through March 2021. The zoning committee is slated to make an initial recommendation to the Board during its February Board meeting. The Board will take action during the March or April Board meeting, after the final recommendation of the zoning committee with community input.
During the November 16 Board meeting, the Board approved the following parameters for the committee:
Balance high school enrollment
Keep neighborhoods/subdivisions intact
Leverage natural boundaries as much as possible
Follow district policy on grandfathering options
To ensure the district has a cross-section of the community, each elementary zone area will have three representatives serving on the committee. Additionally, we will have one representative representing neighborhoods that have been rezoned multiple times and another representative representing neighborhoods living close to a campus but is zoned to attend a school farther away. The committee selection process is by nomination only. If you would like to nominate a community member or are interested in serving on the committee, click here. Nominations will be accepted through Dec. 6 at 5 p.m. Participants will be selected by lottery and contacted with more information.
For transparency, the district will have a website dedicated to the zoning process where community members can see archived meeting agendas and presentations.
For additional questions, please contact the MISD communications team at Karen.Fitzgerald@misd.gs.