Parents Share Thoughts On New MISD Elementary Schools

Parents Share Thoughts On New MISD Elementary Schools

MISD holds town-hall meeting to get input on 3 new elementary schools
MIDLAND -- Months after voters passed Midland ISD's $163 million school bond, the plans are starting to take shape.

MISD is starting to plan out the three new elementary schools coming to the district and a brand new concept is at the forefront.

"Having a building that will facilitate learning and having a building that will actually help our teachers do their job better, that's exactly what we're doing," Superintendent Dr. Ryder Warren said.

It's a new '21st-Century' concept with open space, flexible environments and new ways of learning.
Several in attendance at a town-hall style meeting Tuesday night liked what they were hearing.

"It's going to be a tremendous help to them because they aren't going to be so ancy, so sheltered just to stay there. They're going to be able to go and do and experience different things," Parent Blake Davis said.

Parents were also urged to voice concerns and ideas for the new district and several did.

"My daughter is special needs. She has Cerebral Palsey in her lower extremities and I was just wondering what they were going to do to help accommodate those things and also what kind of learning they were going to do," Davis said.

Others were glad to see kids go to school in their own community.

"It comes back to that community school. The community is large, there's gonna be a ton of kids and so it's great our kids will be able to go to a neighborhood school," Parent Bill Anderson said.

Anderson moved to one of the neighborhoods these schools are going in, and he was a bit concerned about the open concept, citing a similar idea in the 1970's but Dr. Warren did say this is a flexible concept with movable walls.

"Looking at the higher performing schools around the state, the ones that are known for teaching at a level, and we have teachers that can teach at that exact level, we want to give them the support the facility can provide to be able to do that," Dr. Warren said.

Dr. Warren also said he wants to have  ground broken by Christmas of this year and these schools to be built by Fall 2015.

They will have more meetings of this variety to get input from more parents before a design is finalized.

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