BLOG: Midlothian Heritage High School and Its First Class of Students
Posted: June 18, 2013
On Monday, June 17, 2013, the Midlothian ISD School Board selected a name for MISD’s second high school: Midlothian Heritage High School (MHHS). Also, the Board approved the first class of students to attend MHHS: all of the District’s first-time ninth graders. Read more on Dr. Stewart's blog and follow MHHS on their new Facebook and Twitter accounts!
2011 Bond Package
On May 14, 2011, Midlothian ISD voters approved the district's $97.3 million bond package to build high school #2 (phase 1), elementary #7, and an addition to Frank Seale Middle School.
|Components of the Bond Package|
|High School #2 (Phase 1):||$74,000,000|
Phase 1 for 1,000; core capacity of 2,500; 2-story with classrooms in two wings; library; fine arts area; cafetorium; competition baseball/softball fields; 2 soccer fields; football and track fields; corner of FM 1387/Walnut Grove Rd. straightened out with traffic light; estimated occupancy date is August 2014
|Elementary School #7:||$20,500,000|
(This project is temporarily postponed. Bonds will not be issued until conditions warrant it. )
|Frank Seale Middle School addition:||$2,800,000|
Expand student capacity from 1,000 to 1,200 students; 12 classrooms; fire lane expansion; estimated occupancy date is January 2013
Download Fund 695 Report [PDF - As of February 2014]
Download Fund 695 Report [PDF - As of February 2014]
September 13, 2011 - $26,800,000
September 29, 2011 - $50,000,000
2011 Monthly Bond Financial Report (Billings as of March 31, 2013) [PDF]
Debt Service Book [PDF]
Bond Oversight Committee
A 2011 Bond Oversight Committee was created by the Midlothian ISD School Board as a testament to its commitment to financial transparency.
The two objectives of the committee are (1) monitor the use of school district funds in the 2011 bond building projects, and (2) receive information on all aspects of the 2011 bond building projects.
- September 9, 2013 [PDF]
- May 13, 2013 [PDF]
- February 25, 2013 [PDF]
- September 10, 2012 [PDF]
- November 26, 2012 [PDF]
- June 26, 2012 [PDF]
- May 5, 2012 [PDF]
Schematic Design Team
Midlothian ISD has a Schematic Design Team in place for the 2011 Bond Projects. The purpose of the Schematic Design Team is to provide the architect (VLK) with its ideas about the design of high school #2 (Phase 1). Eventually, those ideas guide the architect in building a schematic design for the board's consideration. To date, the team has visited several high schools in the North Texas area. Members of the design team include, Mrs. Robin Bullock (Deputy Superintendent), Dr. Edd Bigbee (Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations), Mrs. Judy Walling (Assistant Superintendent of Learning), Dr. Al Hemmle (Midlothian High School Principal), Mr. Steve Keasler, (Athletic Director), Mrs. Melissa Wolfe (Director of Special Education), Mr. Kirk Paschall (Director of Technology), Mrs. Nancy Bergvall (Instructional Technology Coordinator), Mr. David Boswell (Director of Maintenance and Construction Projects), and Dr. Jerome Stewart (Superintendent).
Design Development Process
Design Development is the second phase of service an architect performs for its clients. This phase began in November 2011. It includes (1) Articulate every space within the building, (2) Include all built-in cabinets, millwork, and furnished equipment in the floor plan, (3) Locate and define all utility devices in each room, (4) Determine ceiling heights, (5) Identify all building materials and finishes, (6) Incorporate all building support areas into the overall square footage, (7) Determine all building systems, (8) Determine all floor-to-floor heights and massing, (9) Determine roof elevations and drainage concepts, (10) Develop schematic grading plans, (11) Design all exterior elevations, (12) Detail all site amenities (e.g., fencing, paving, sidewalks), (13) Prepare a cost estimate for the projects, (14) Prepare a code analysis, (15) Include all accessibility elements, and (16) Conduct a geotechnical analysis.
This phase involves many MHS teachers and administrators. As experts in the use and utility of their rooms, work areas, and other areas, their suggestions are used in the design development of HS #2.
This phase also includes administrators from Frank Seale Middle School. Their input is used to design the additions to FSMS.
Preliminary Drawings: High School #2 (Phase 1 Site Plan)
Posted: April 18, 2012
Back view (library)
North view of Field House
South view of Field House
On Monday, November 14, 2011, the Midlothian ISD School Board met and approved the schematic design concept (with some changes) for MISD’s High School #2, Phase 1. The above picture is a first look at the front entrance to High School #2, Phase 1.
Posted: November 11, 2011
UPDATE: On Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011, MISD finalized a ten-acre land purchase for High School #2 (see above). Funding for the purchase came from the 2004 Bond Program. As of this writing, the intended uses of the land are parking, with a marching band practice area, and part of the baseball field.
This view of High School #2, Phase 1, is a version of a proposed site plan. Some changes to the plan are anticipated.
For orientation purposes, north is the top of the page. FM 1387 (north on page) runs east and west. Walnut Grove (east side of page) runs north and south.
The main high school setting is on the east side of the property and the athletic fieldhouse and athletic fields are on the west.
As of now (November 16, 2011), the schedule is that construction start the summer of 2012, and that High School #2, Phase 1 is ready for occupation (no later than) the first day of the 2014-15 school year.
How Much Does It Cost A Taxpayer?
Example: A homeowner with a $182,675 home value, after the state-mandated $15,000 exemption plus an additional 10% local exemption, will pay an increase of $212.91 per year if the May 2011 bond passes. See chart below for detailed tax impact.
Estimated Tax Increase
|Interest & Sinking (I&S Rate)||Total Payment Increase|
|Homestead Value||2010-11||2011-12 Projected
|Average home value in MISD|
Based on current property value. Fluctuations in property value could cause variation in the I&S tax rate.
MISD is the only school district in Ellis County that provides an additional local 10% exemption.
Homeowners receive a $15,000 state exemption off of the property valuation. After these two deductions you get the taxable value for school taxes. These exemptions only apply to school taxes.
Over 65 and Disabled Homestead Exemption
For taxpayers who are 65 years of age or older, and the disabled, the May 2011 bond package will not increase the school property tax.
Homeowners must apply for the Over 65 or Disabled Homestead Exemption with the Ellis Central Appraisal District.