The former J.R. Irvin building could potentially be repurposed as a youth entrepreneurship center by 2020 if the Midlothian ISD Board of Trustees have anything to say about it.

With $2 million in 2016’s bond package allocated to repurposing the former J.R. Irvin Elementary building, the board considered a variety of repurposing options during their evening meeting on Monday. One of the more prominent options explored was an INCubatoredu young entrepreneurship campus.

With campuses affiliated across 17 districts in Texas, INCubatoredu provides an entrepreneurship curriculum to students ranging from the elementary to high school education range. Several independent businesses came from INCubatoredu alumnus, including GreenDirt Compost, Hoodie Hoop and SnapClips.

Courtney Carpenter, Director of Instructional Support, said students could learn how to monetize their passions with INCubatoredu.

“A lot of this generation, they want to work for themselves in whatever fashion that might be," Carpenter said. "The students who love metal-working to coding; it gives them their own career path and their own pathway to success.”

The proposed entrepreneurship campus would be available to students in both Midlothian High School and Midlothian Heritage High School. The curriculum would support all 16 career clusters, including information technology, culinary arts and business administration. Renovations would include removing the lockers, opening up available spaces and installing writable wall surfaces.

“This would be a great opportunity for us to help foster all of those entrepreneurship passions, no matter what the student is going to leave with,” Carpenter said.

Other options the trustees may explore would be relocating the Jenkins Daycare Center, or moving the LEAP Academy or Disciplinary Alternative Education program to the existing facility.

If the board decides on the INCubatoredu campus option, renovations could potentially begin by summer 2019. The former J.R. Irvin Elementary building would possibly reopen as the INCubatoredu facility by August 2020.

Actions Items

The board also voted on a variety of action items on their agenda. They unanimously approved the tax rate of $1.54 per $100 valuation, which remained unchanged from the previous year. They also unanimously approved their 2018-19 District Goals, which included developing a comprehensive status plan, fostering innovation and a high-performing culture and providing a safe and secure learning environment.

Additionally, the board nominated Place 6 Trustee Tami Tobey as the Delegate Assembly Designee for the 2018 Texas Association of School Boards convention. Place 2 Trustee Gary Vineyard was designated as the alternate delegate. Both board members were unanimously approved as delegates.


David Dunn, @DavidDunnInTX