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Midland ISD Needing Community Input on Future of Secondary Schools

By Geena Martinez
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - The Midland School District is getting ready to make more room for their students. On Monday, the district held a town hall meeting to find out from parents what they want to see for their kids education in the future.

Superintendent Dr. Ryder Warren said it's a sign of the times.

"We're blessed with the economy, we're blessed with folks wanting to move to Midland with families and so we've gotta respond," Dr. Warren said.

The Midland school district is growing. Now that plans for the future of elementary schools are in the works, they're focusing on the secondary schools.

"We're talking about a 50 year plan," Dr. Warren said. "We're not talking about what we want next year or even 10 years from now."

The district is asking for the community's input on three questions.

"Do we wanna create true middle schools, sixth, seventh and eight grade or do we wanna stay with the junior highs?" Dr. Warren asked. "Do we wanna create true high schools at Midland High and Lee High or do we wanna stay with the freshman centers? Do we wanna talk about a third high school to compliment Midland High and Midland Lee or do we wanna stay in the configuration we're in?"

Right now, the district has Midland High and Midland Lee along with the alternative high school and the Early College high school.

During his presentation, Dr. Warren said about 86% of school districts in Texas are using the traditional middle school model.

If the community decides they want to move toward that concept, there would be six middle school campuses.

Dr. Warren said the biggest issue for all of this will be the price tag.

"The community was very, very forthcoming when they approved the bond for the elementary schools," he said. "That's what the expectation was. We just need to know what it is for the secondary schools."

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