Stafford MSD to Dedicate State Historical Marker
Posted on 09/20/2017
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Stafford Municipal School District has the most unique history of any school district in the State of Texas.

From 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.  Sunday, October 8, the Fort Bend County Historical Commission and the Stafford Community will celebrate that history when they unveil and dedicate a State Historical Marker, courtesy of the Texas Historical Commission in front of the Stafford MSD Administration Building, 1625 Staffordshire Road, Stafford, TX 77477. In the event of rain, the ceremony will be moved indoors to the High School Cafeteria.

We are inviting all current and former administrators, teachers, students and community members to join with us for this momentous, long-awaited occasion.

Stafford became – and remains – the only Municipal School District in the State of Texas. The unique history of Stafford’s formation as a Municipal School District reflects a script that even Hollywood could not have imagined.

Citizens started Stafford MSD in 1977, because neighboring school districts declined to provide adequate transportation to students.

In the late 1970s, more than 500 communities attempted to start their own school districts, but Stafford was the only successful one.

It took five long years and many courtroom battles (state and federal) before Stafford MSD opened its doors in 1982.

Today, the District’s 3,600 students study on a single campus that houses Elementary, Intermediate, Middle and High School campuses. Transportation is available to all students who are Stafford residents, regardless of how close their home is to the campus.

Prior to becoming the SMSD campus, the land was owned by a local farmer. We are proud to host that family’s relatives. They are glad to see that their beloved land has been put to “good use”.

Stafford MSD is grateful for the leadership of Mayor Leonard Scarcella, who was the Mayor when the District formed. The Mayor and many leaders of the time are the reason why we have our own School District today.

The District and the City of Stafford work closely to ensure that Stafford MSD provides the best possible education for local students.

We are delighted to celebrate this occasion with many of the citizens who were the “boots on the ground” alongside the Mayor during the quest to form Stafford MSD.

To our football-watching friends, fear not. The Texans play the Sunday Night Game at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 8, so do not worry about a scheduling conflict.

If you are interested in attending this event, RSVP to Cherise Roberts at

If you are interested in covering this event for a media outlet, contact Michael Sudhalter at