At Monday’s regularly scheduled Melissa Independent School District board of trustees meeting on Feb. 16 demographic predictions were laid out by Trent Smith, a consultant at Templeton Demographics.

Over the next 10 years student enrollment in the district is expected to double, Smith told the board. Currently approximately 2,620 students are enrolled but by 2026 that number should jump to around 6,000. This fall, Smith said around 285 new students will be entering the district and that number is expected to increase each semester.

Smith explained the growth in the area along with new subdivisions are driving the increase in student enrollment. In the future, Smith told the board there will be anywhere from two to four more elementary schools built, and another middle school built. Currently a third elementary school is in the planning phase and a new high school is nearing the construction phase.

Bids on the new high school’s concrete, sod and HVAC have been collected. Over the next week Superintendent Keith Murphy said the administration will go over the bids and present them to the board at its next meeting.

The board was informed of a $10,000 donation from the Harry McKillop PTO and a $150 donation from Palio’s Pizza in Melissa to purchase library books for the school.

Board President George James nominated three board members, Bruce Minchey, Dr. Bill Gray and Russell Cox, to a committee looking at more food service options at the middle school and high school levels.

Superintendent Murphy said the committee will look at the cost behind cutting off federal dollars for food service at those campuses and if that is an option in the future.

“(We) get a group together and we do a study because now is the time,” he said. “We’re in a transition, and if we want to go out and look at reserving our kids in a different way in the middle school and high school we could potentially time that when we open the doors of our new building.”

The committee will be visiting other school districts and finding out how much it will cost to bring an outside vender into the lunchroom.

The board approved the 2017-2018 School Calendar, the high school band trip to Mexico, TASB policy recommendations, and competitive sealed proposals as the construction delivery method for bids on the new elementary school.

Contracts between Melissa ISD, the City of Melissa and Collin College were approved for a joint election agreement. On May 6 an election will be held for the Melissa Schools Board of Trustee’s Place 1 and Place 2 seats.

George James currently holds Place 1 and will be running for re-election. He has served on the board for 15 years and is running for his sixth term. Bill Gray holds Place 2 and has been a member on the board for three years and is running for his 2nd term.

After closed session the board voted to approve to extend all administrative contracts by two years, which includes contracts for the principals, the band director and the athletic director.