Stafford MSD Dedicates State Historical Marker

Stafford MSD Dedicates State Historical Marker
Posted on 10/08/2017
SMSD Historical Marker

STAFFORD MSD DEDICATES STATE HISTORICAL MARKER

 

BY STAFFORD MSD COMMUNICATIONS

 

The Stafford Municipal School District celebrated its unique history on Sunday afternoon with the unveiling of a State of Texas Historical Marker in front of the District Administration Building.

 

Stafford became – and remains – the only Municipal School District in the State of Texas. Citizens started Stafford MSD in 1977, because neighboring school districts declined to provide adequate transportation to students.

 

“Because Stafford citizens in the 1970s and 1980s were there to set the foundation, I’m proud to say that we have a School District that includes an Elementary Campus ranked in the Top 1 percent of the State,” Stafford MSD Superintendent Dr. Robert Bostic said. “We have received more than 25 TEA Academic Distinctions over the past two academics years. We have a Stafford College and Career Center that prepares our students to graduate college or career ready without remediation.”

 

Dr. Bostic, Stafford Mayor Leonard Scarcella, former Stafford MSD employee Sadie Williams (who now leads the Stafford Historical Society), State Representative Ron Reynolds and Stafford MSD Board President Auturo Jackson spoke during the ceremony.

 

Members of U.S. Congressman Al Green’s Office presented Stafford MSD with an American Flag that was flown over the U.S. Capitol, and Rep. Reynolds presented the District with a Texas Flag that was flown over the State Capitol.

 

Bostic is the eighth Superintendent in the District’s history. Former Stafford MSD Superintendent James Woodfin, who led the District from 1985-1992, attended the event on Sunday.

 

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”.

 

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