MIDLOTHIAN — Two short years ago, Midlothian Independent School District tabbed Dr. Lane Ledbetter to lead its faculty, staff and students through unprecedented growth.

From the opening of Midlothian Heritage High School to the passage of a multi-million dollar bond and the establishment of several committees, councils and programs, Ledbetter has served the community as the superintendent of schools and served it well — and he has now been recognized for such.

During a special session of the Midlothian ISD Board of Trustees, Ledbetter was extended a contract extension through June 2020. The decision reached during the meeting held March 23 was unanimous.

"Trustees work with Ledbetter and staff to set the direction of the school district with the education and well-being of school children as its primary focus," an MISD press release states. "One of the responsibilities of the board is to hire and evaluate the superintendent yearly."

MISD Board President Todd Hemphill stated the decision was an easy one for the board to make.

“This was not a difficult decision for the board and one that we came to unanimously. Dr. Ledbetter hit the ground running when he was hired in 2015, and the work has not stopped," Hemphill stated. "He has led several important initiatives including the Strategic Plan, Growth Management Committee, 2016 Bond Referendum, Teacher Communications Council, 1:1 M*Powered, and more. The board will continue to work side-by-side with Dr. Ledbetter towards the district vision of inspiring excellence.”

With almost 25 years of experience, Dr. Ledbetter began his career as a teacher and coach in Lake Travis ISD, Grapevine-Colleyville ISD, and later, in Carroll ISD. Then, Birdville ISD became his home for 13 years, where he served in several capacities, including Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, before leading Graham ISD as Superintendent from 2012-15. Dr. Ledbetter and his wife, Penny, have three children — Landon, Luke, and Lauren.

Midlothian Independent School District serves more than 8,500 students in grades Pre-K-12. Located just 30 miles south of Dallas and Fort Worth, MISD is frequently cited by residents as the key reason for moving to Midlothian. Students attend one of 11 campuses — seven elementary schools, two middle schools, and two high schools.

The vision of Midlothian ISD is to inspire excellence today to change the world tomorrow. For more information about MISD, visit www.misd.gs or contact us at info@misd.gs or 972.775.8296.