Editor's note: This story was updated to clarify the 4.2% enrollment increase occurred from the 2020-21 school year to the 2021-22 school year.

During an Aug. 8 meeting, Deputy Superintendent Jason Bullock said Magnolia ISD saw its enrollment increase by 556 students from the 2020-21school year to the 2021-22 school year. This was a 4.2% increase in enrollment.

The district is expected to enroll more than 17,200 students by 2026 and 22,000 students by 2031, according to a spring 2022 demographic report.

Deanie Murry, MISD’s new long-range planning coordinator, said the rise of enrollment is partly due the development of Hwy. 249 through Magnolia as well as the growing desire to live in the suburbs instead of the city.

"I think the opening of Texas 249 has opened up some properties that [have] been a little harder to get to," Murry said. "People wouldn't move out here because it took them so long to get to downtown [Houston] or even to the Beltway 8 region; I think this has opened it up tremendously."

To accommodate the projected growth in the district, trustees called a $232 million bond election for Nov. 8.

As of the Aug. 8 presentation, some campuses were already exceeding enrollment projections for 2022-23, Bullock said. For example, Magnolia West High School was projected to have 2,203 students this year in the demographic study, and as of Aug. 8, a total of 2,237 students had enrolled. Similar trends are reported at Magnolia High School, Magnolia Intermediate School and Williams Elementary School, data shows.