Growth continues: Melissa Ridge Education Center to open this fall as elementary configuration shifts

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Feb 2019
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An additional school facility will open in Melissa ISD this fall, as part of the district’s 10-year master plan to accommodate fast growth.

Five years ago in February 2014, the total student population at Melissa Schools was approximately 1,900 students. As of today, that number is rapidly approaching 3,500 students.

Adapting to student population growth

Preparations have begun to open the Melissa Ridge Education Center. Beginning with the 2019-2020 school year, the Melissa Ridge Education Center will house students in Kindergarten, Pre-Kindergarten, and Preschool Programs for Children with Disabilities (PPCD). The center will occupy what was previously the intermediate school building, located at 3233 W. Fannin Rd.

Julie Nally, assistant principal at North Creek Elementary, will serve as the principal of the Melissa Ridge Education Center.

Harry McKillop Elementary and North Creek Elementary will house grades 1-5. The grade configurations of Melissa Middle School and Melissa High School will remain unchanged.

The district’s special programs hub now occupies the north wing of the old middle school building, located at 2950 Cardinal Drive. The Academy After School Program will also move into the building this summer.

The first day of the 2019-2020 school year is Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019.

Concurrent, future development projects

Melissa ISD has four concurrent development projects underway at Melissa High School: 1) a multipurpose indoor facility, 2) a fine arts facility, 3) the cafeteria expansion, and 4) the addition of a second gym. The district is also building new tennis courts, in conjunction with the City of Melissa, at the Melissa Sports Complex.

Future development projects include: a) the second phase of the Melissa High School academic core, b) the continual repurposing of the old middle school building, and c) building two new elementary schools.

Development milestones, future announcements

A timeline of the district’s development milestones from 2015 to present day, along with a list of current and future projects, is available online at

Development Milestones: 2015 – 2019

Announcements will continue to be published on the district website and shared on the district social media accounts.

Media Contact:
Maddie Coe, Community Relations

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