The March session of the Midlothian ISD Board of Trustees highlighted innovative and collaborative furniture and spaces that schools will soon feature across the district thanks to the 2016 bond project funding.

The Campus Cultural Tenants and Renovations Team, which is comprised of 10 teachers and campus principals, shared feedback based on the conferences they attended and relayed input.

Before the team chose between furniture options, they had the take into consideration each campus culture. Members took the small, influential phrases that best represented the culture of their school and chose the furniture based off of that representation.

For instance, Longbranch Elementary identified their culture as “we are family” and “excellence through purpose” to inspire their furniture choice.

The committee brainstormed how to create new spaces and alternate existing spaces to tie into the cultural tenants and be used in innovative ways.

“We are so grateful as teachers to be given a voice in this process,” Longbranch Elementary principal Karena Blackwell expressed.

Through the course of planning, students and faculty shared how they are incredibly excited about the change.

Rachel Anderson, special education at J.A. Vitovsky Elementary, mentioned her takeaways from the process. She iterated how the children in this generation are flexible and work best in spaces that are mobile and collaborative and that the classrooms should reflect this.

Teachers elaborated on how these colorful advances have peaked morale with students and faculty.

Robin Crocker from Frank Seale shared how much her students care about the change.

“They told me, ‘Our school is like broccoli. We’ve got what it takes to get by. It’s good for you. But we are about to get pizza,’” Crocker reiterated to the board.

The school principals unanimously agreed on the furniture line, VS, that’s based out of Germany. This furniture includes stackable, lightweight and mobile elements.

Trustee Matt Sanders agreed with the committee’s outlook on the change. “It’s a simple way to keep kids motivated. It engages the students’ minds,” he said.

Midlothian Superintendent Dr. Lane Ledbetter said the intent is to have these changes implemented by the fall of 2018.

The board unanimously approved the 2016 bond project update.

Toward the beginning of the meeting, the Midlothian ISD board of Trustees officially began the nomination process of Ledbetter for Superintendent of the Year.

“Dr. Ledbetter has come in with a renewed passion, a lot of ideas that have catapulted the district,” Trustee Todd Hemphill said. “He has unified the district, not only working together but has been a wonderful experience for myself and the other board members.”

The board meeting took a 15-minute break to celebrate with refreshments.


• The consent agenda was approved unanimously.

• Input from Student Services Administrator Dr. Al Hemmle discussed the 2018-2019 dress code. Only one recommendation was taken into consideration, which was allowing holes in jeans at the height of shorts. The dress code was shortened from four to two pages.

• The quarterly demographic and student enrollment was presented. This concluded that 861 future lots are under development in the fourth quarter.

• The board unanimously approved $22.5 million towards renovations for J.R. Irvin Elementary School under the 2016 bond project.

• The board nominated and voted on Trustee Andrea Walton, Heather Prather, and Stewart Domke as committee members for the MISD Servant Leader Award.

• The board nominated and voted on Tami Tobey and Prather as the 2018-2019 Board Representatives for the Midlothian Education Foundation.


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