Growth & Development Timeline

Current Projects

Projects currently in development at Melissa ISD.

Multipurpose Indoor Facility

High School Fine Arts Facility, Gym & Cafeteria Expansion

Tennis Courts at Melissa Sports Complex
(in conjunction with the City of Melissa)

Future Projects

Future development projects – subject to change.

Second Phase of Melissa High School Academic Core

Continual Re-purposing of Old Middle School Building

Two New Elementary Schools

Development Milestones

Below is a timeline featuring development milestones, from present day back to 2015, that have taken place at Melissa Schools to serve the students and staff of our fast-growth district.



August 2020

Melissa ISD breaks ground on Willow Wood Elementary.

Willow Wood Elementary Groundbreaking

Melissa Schools in partnership with Perkins&Will and Crossland Construction held a groundbreaking ceremony for Willow Wood Elementary on Aug. 20, 2020. The third elementary school is expected to open in time for the 2021-2022 school year.

January 2020

Trey Smith set to lead opening of Sixth Grade Center in fall 2019.

Trey Smith

Trey Smith was selected in January 2020 to serve as the associate principal at the Sixth Grade Center beginning with the 2020-2021 school year, as the Melissa Middle School campus expands. The Sixth Grade Center will be located at 2950 Cardinal Drive.

November 2019

District shares development plans at Vision 2020 community update.

Vision 2020 - November 2019 Facilities Map

Melissa Schools hosted Vision 2020: Community Update and Open House on Nov. 11, 2019 to share the district’s growth and development plans for 2020 and beyond. Click here for an overview of Vision 2020.

August 2019

Melissa Ridge Education Center opens.

Melissa Ridge Education Center opens.

The Melissa Ridge Education Center officially opens its doors and welcomes students for the first day of the 2019-2020 school year.

August 2019

Construction begins on new tennis courts.

Construction begins on new tennis courts.

Melissa Schools staff, students, community members celebrate the groundbreaking on the construction of the new tennis courts at the Melissa Sports Complex.

February 2019

Preparations begin to open Melissa Ridge Education Center.

Ridge Building

Minor renovations begin at the Melissa Ridge building, which will re-open the fall of 2019 as the Melissa Ridge Education Center housing Kindergarten, Pre-Kindergarten, and Preschool Programs for Children with Disabilities (PPCD).

February 2019

Special Programs hub moves into old middle school building.

Special Programs Hub

The special programs hub moves into the old middle school building. The Academy After School Program will also move into the old middle school building ahead of the 2019-2020 school year.

December 2018

Board of Trustees establish goals for the district.

Board and Administrators Set District Goals

The Melissa Schools Board of Trustees works with school administrators to establish a set of goals for the district. The previous district goals were established in 2015.

August 2018

New school facilities open.

Melissa High School

Melissa High School and North Creek Elementary officially open the doors at their new facilities, and Melissa Middle School opens at its new location.

June 2018

Nearly all staff begin the move to a new location within Melissa ISD.

Melissa Schools Move

In preparation for opening the new Melissa High School and North Creek Elementary facilities, the majority of classrooms, programs, and staff of Melissa Schools begin moving to a new location.

March 2018

Zoning boundaries released for Melissa elementary schools.

Elementary School Boundaries

Templeton Demographics, an independent demographer contracted by Melissa Schools, provides a detailed map of the Melissa ISD elementary boundary lines, to go into effect starting with the 2018-19 school year.

February 2018

Melissa Schools Move information page is launched.

Melissa Schools Move Information Page

The Melissa Schools Move web page, located at, serves as an online resource to inform the community of key information regarding the 2018-19 school reconfiguration.

February 2018

Melissa Sports Facility opens with new baseball and softball fields.

Melissa Sports Facility

The Melissa Sports Facility opens in partnership with the City of Melissa, featuring new school baseball and softball fields along with two city fields. The Melissa Sports, LLC also formed at this time, managing scheduling for the city and the schools. The sports facility would go on to host over 1,200 games from February to December 2018.

May 2017

Melissa ISD breaks ground on new Melissa High School facility.

Groundbreaking Ceremony

Melissa Schools administration, staff, and board members join the community to officially break ground on the construction of the new Melissa High School facility.

November 2016

Stantec is hired to design North Creek Elementary.

North Creek Elementary Architecture

The Board of Trustees unanimously approves the hiring of Stantec Architecture to design the North Creek Elementary facility.

May 2016

$150 million bond proposal passes with 87% favorable vote.

Bond Election Logo

In the May 2016 bond election, Melissa ISD voters approve a $150 million bond proposal for construction, renovation, and land acquisition.

April 2016

Bond presentations delivered to community organizations.

Community Bond Presentations

Presentations are delivered by community members to local organizations, with the goal of sharing facts about the upcoming bond election.

April 2016

Resources added to Bond Program information page.

Bond Information Page Preview

The bond election presentation, fact sheet, and 10 Year Master Plan for Melissa Schools are published on the Bond Program web page, located at

February 2016

Board of Trustees calls school bond election.

George James and Keith Murphy

After working closely with the needs assessment committee for three months, the Melissa Schools Board of Trustees calls a bond election with a proposal of $150 million.

January 2016

Community Task Force chair and co-chair present final report of district needs.

Community Task Force Chair

A final report is presented by the Community Task Force to the Board of Trustees, based on three months of research and findings by the community-led needs assessment committee.


District Goals

  1. Provide a high standard of care shaped by the core values: Integrity, Loyalty, Honesty, Humility, Hope.
  2. Recruit and retain quality staff that have a passion for the academic and extracurricular success of our students leading to a positive campus culture.
  3. Work with students and parents to develop meaningful experiences that give a competitive edge and an accelerated path to college, career, or military readiness.
  4. Build a culture of academic excellence where students demonstrate mastery of grade level subject matter and continuously improve year after year relative to themselves based on STAAR, EOC, and Common Assessments.
  5. Promote student involvement in extra-curricular and co-curricular programs.
  6. Collaborate with Melissa City Leadership.

“It’s a special time in a special place.”


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