"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.