Montgomery ISD discontinuing limited open enrollment for new families in 2022-23, citing growth

The update does not apply to families currently taking part in limited open enrollment. (Courtesy Fotolia)
The update does not apply to families currently taking part in limited open enrollment. (Courtesy Fotolia)

The update does not apply to families currently taking part in limited open enrollment. (Courtesy Fotolia)

Montgomery ISD officials announced a change to the district's limited open enrollment policy Dec. 14, noting the district will no longer be accepting requests for new families residing outside the district to enroll in MISD for the 2022-23 school year. However, the update does not apply to families currently taking part in limited open enrollment.

"As we plan for the future and prepare to welcome more students to Montgomery ISD due to projected population growth across the district, we believe that discontinuing limited open enrollment is the responsible direction to take at this time," Executive Director of Communications Justin Marino said in an email. "We reached this conclusion after evaluating our district enrollment trends, the current capacity within our schools and the significant growth in housing and population across the district, which was projected in a demographic study."

Community Impact Newspaper previously reported the district is in the early stages of considering a possible spring 2022 bond referendum, which could include new facilities like a new elementary school to accommodate projected enrollment growth.

Marino said the district began offering limited open enrollment in 2003—meaning students residing outside MISD boundaries could apply to enroll at select campuses in MISD. He said approximately 400 students are part of limited open enrollment, with a large portion being children of MISD employees.

MISD's change in policy will not affect students already attending MISD schools on a limited open enrollment status, Marino said. Limited open enrollment applications will also still be accepted for younger siblings of existing families, and children of MISD employees will still be eligible.


Existing families must still complete renewal paperwork each spring to continue in the program, district information states.
By Anna Lotz

Editor, Tomball/Magnolia & Conroe/Montgomery

Anna joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a degree in journalism from Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio. In July 2017, she transitioned to editor for the Tomball/Magnolia edition. She began covering the communities of Conroe and Montgomery as well in 2020. Anna covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in these communities. Prior to CI, Anna served as editor-in-chief of Cedars, interned with the National Journalism Center in Washington, D.C., and spent time writing for the Springfield News-Sun and Xenia Daily Gazette.