MIDLOTHIAN — As of Jan. 10, Midlothian Independent School District had a new measure of its unprecedented growth — the district enrolled its 8,500th student. The milestone enrollment surpasses demographers moderate growth enrollment projection of 8,472 students for the school year.

Lucky No. 8,500 is Hailey B, who is a 4th grader at Mt. Peak Elementary, according to an MISD press release. Upon her arrival, "administrators surprised Hailey today with gifts and Nothing Bundt Cakes to celebrate with her new friends. The family recently moved to Midlothian from Kansas," the release states.

“We have friends here that told us how good the community is and we really like the size of Midlothian. It’s also close to the DFW metroplex where my husband works,” said Theresa, Hailey’s mom.

Shannon Thompson, the principal at Mt. Peak Elementary, stated, “We are excited to welcome Hailey to the Mt. Peak family, and are looking forward to getting to know her and her family.”

MISD estimates the addition of over 5,000 students in the next 10 years, as the district continues accelerated growth. Because of this projection, the MISD Growth Management Committee has been proactive in planning for new students. In November 2016, Midlothian voters passed a $268 million bond package that will provide new schools to manage growth, renovations to existing schools, up-to-date technology and security, basic maintenance and capital upgrades.

Midlothian Independent School District serves 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 weekly enrollment reports, quarterly demographic reports or more information about MISD, visit www.misd.gs or contact us at info@misd.gs or 972.775.8296.