LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - The Lubbock Independent School District has approved a plan to turn Smylie Wilson Middle School into a magnet school. Current students will be rezoned and will attend either Irons or Mackenzie middle schools.
That took place today at 7 a.m. inside the Central Administration Building.
Now, Smylie Wilson will close and re-open as a Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics Magnet School. It will not have an attendance zone and students from all over the district will be allowed to apply to attend.
“Today’s board action exemplifies that we are truly committed to our mission of nurturing, developing, and inspiring every child every day,” Kathy Rollo, LISD superintendent, said. “Lubbock ISD is expanding options for students and support for our schools to ensure that every student has access to a quality education.”
The new school, which will be named later on, will open next year and operate as a campus with a focus on project-based learning and STEAM.
Next year, sixth and seventh grade students throughout LISD can apply to attend. The following year eighth graders will be allowed in.
New boundaries are also drawn. Those who live south of 34th Street will attend Irons and those live north of 34th Street will go to Mackenzie.
The district will also assign more assistant principals and counselors to those schools. They will also be given dedicated campus instructional coaches and academic support, along with a social-emotional learning pilot program.
“All our students deserve the very best education we can offer them,” Zach Brady, board president, said. “Today’s action is a step in that direction, both for the students currently at Smylie Wilson and the students who will attend the new Project Based Learning magnet in the future.”