Attention all eighth graders: Go ahead and buy your Bulldog, Bronco or Lion t-shirts. MISD will not be rezoning schools until the 2013-2014 school year.
The District had considered creating new attendance zones effective fall of 2012, but Supt. J.D. Kennedy has pushed back the process a full year.
This year’s enrollment figures show adequate capacity at all three high schools. As of Sept. 16, overall enrollment was actually lower than projections, with 117 fewer students than expected. Compared to projections, McKinney Boyd High School was down 16 students, McKinney North High School was up 125 students and McKinney High School was up 27 students. Overall, this is good news with most of the growth at underutilized North and slower growth at Boyd.
Here are the actual enrollment figures from Sept. 16:
MNHS enrollment was 1,773 with a capacity of 2,400.
MBHS enrollment was 2,900 with a capacity of 3,000.
MHS enrollment was 2,135 with a capacity of 2,250.
It is important to note that a school’s capacity is not a true representation of how many students can comfortably be served in that school. Actual capacity would only be attainable if every classroom in every grade level had exactly the right number of students. Plus, some classrooms with special programs may serve only a couple of students, though they have a much higher capacity.
The MISD will be expanding several campuses in the next few years, thanks to the $191 million bond package passed in May. MHS will expand to 3,000 students, MNHS to 3,000 students, plus room for 300 students will be added to both Dowell and Faubion middle schools. Capacity expansions are also planned for Rueben Johnson and Malvern elementary schools.
The added capacity is needed to accommodate higher numbers of students in the lower grades, as well as new students to the District. For example, Sept. 16 enrollment showed there were 400 more seventh graders than there were 12th graders. Several younger grades have similar higher numbers of students, so our high schools will grow considerably just from existing students moving up into high school.
The decision was made earlier this year to expand McKinney North and McKinney High to the same size as Boyd instead of building a fourth high school due to the significantly lower cost to the District.
Adding capacity will necessitate rezoning, probably at all three levels — elementary, middle and high schools. MISD spokesperson Cody Cunningham says this will most likely happen early in 2013 with the changes going into effect for the 2013-2014 school year.