Stafford Municipal School District

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Stafford Municipal School District administrative building
Stafford schools are located at the Stafford Municipal Complex in the southern part of the city off of Staffordshire Road at Constitution Avenue

Stafford Municipal School District is a school district based in Stafford, Texas, United States in Greater Houston. The district covers all of the city of Stafford and is controlled by the city, the only school district in Texas that is not an independent school district operated by an independent school board.

There are five schools on the campus of Stafford Municipal School District. The Primary/Elementary School building house grades Pre-K through 4, the Intermediate School building houses grades 5 through 6, and the Middle/High School building houses grades 7 through 12. The administration building and athletic facilities are on the same campus as the school buildings.

The Stafford MSD area is served by the Houston Community College System.

In 2009, the school district was rated "academically acceptable" by the Texas Education Agency.[1]

History[edit]

In 1977, Stafford schools broke away from the Fort Bend Independent School District, which caused several rounds of federal litigation and by 1981 it was finally declared that the Stafford Municipal School District was constitutional. Almost all of Stafford was in the Fort Bend District, with a minuscule portion in the Houston Independent School District.[2] All of Stafford is now zoned to the Stafford Municipal School District, which is the only school district in all of Texas that is controlled by the city.

Politics and geography[edit]

While Stafford MSD is a part of the City of Stafford and took all of the land in the city in 1977 when it was created, Stafford MSD cannot annex any territory without the consent of the other school districts which own that territory. Because of this, the City of Stafford, for a period of over 20 years ending in 2006, did not annex any territory in its extraterritorial jurisdiction as that would mean portions of its territory would fall within the Alief Independent School District, the Fort Bend Independent School District, and/or the Houston Independent School District. The city government of Stafford wants its school district's territory to be the same as its city limits.[3]

Schools[edit]

Stafford High School

Secondary schools[edit]

Sports at Stafford High School: Boys

  • Football (Varsity, JV, Freshman)
  • Basketball (Varsity, JV, Freshman)
  • Tennis (Varsity, JV, Freshman)
  • Soccer (Varsity, JV)
  • Baseball (Varsity, JV)
  • Track (Varsity, JV)
  • Cross Country (Varsity, JV)
  • Swimming
  • Golf

Girls

  • Basketball (Varsity, JV, Freshman)
  • Volleyball (Varsity, JV, Freshman)
  • Tennis (Varsity, JV, Freshman)
  • Soccer (Varsity, JV)
  • Softball (Varsity,JV)
  • Track (Varsity, JV)
  • Cross Country (Varsity, JV)
  • Swimming
  • Golf

Primary schools[edit]

  • Stafford Intermediate School (5-6) (Opened 2001 [4])
  • Stafford Elementary School (2-4) (Opened 1993 [5])
  • Stafford Primary School (Pre-K-1)
    • In 2011 a Mandarin Chinese and Vietnamese immersion program began at the primary school. As of May 2012 it has about 80 students in Kindergarten and grade 1. About half are native English speakers and half are native Mandarin and Vietnamese speakers.[6]

Athletics[edit]

In 2014 the district was considering whether it should install artificial turf in its sports fields. At the time it had residual funds from a $49.9 million bond passed in 2011.[7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2009 Accountability Rating System". Texas Education Agency. 
  2. ^ "Comptroller Strayhorn to Review Stafford Municipal School District." Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. Tuesday September 16, 2003. Retrieved on January 14, 2009.
  3. ^ Kumar, Seshadri. "Stafford, SMSD mull over annexation." Houston Chronicle. October 30, 2006. Retrieved on April 12, 2014.
  4. ^ "Stafford Intermediate School, Stafford Texas / TX School Profile, Ranking, and Reviews". SchoolDigger.com. Retrieved 2010-05-16. 
  5. ^ USA. "Stafford Elementary School, Stafford Texas / TX School Profile, Ranking, and Reviews". SchoolDigger.com. Retrieved 2010-05-16. 
  6. ^ "HISD school to speak Mandarin Chinese." Houston Chronicle. May 16, 2012. Retrieved on February 24, 2013.
  7. ^ Daniels, Karen. "Stafford MSD weigh pros and cons of artificial turf." Fort Bend Star. April 2, 2014. Retrieved on April 7, 2014.

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