By Stafford MSD Communications
Stafford Municipal School District has the most unique history of any school district in Texas.
From 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 8, the Fort Bend County Historical Commission and the Stafford Community will celebrate that history when they unveil and dedicate a State Historical Marker, courtesy of the Texas Historical Commission, in front of the Stafford MSD Administration Building, 1625 Staffordshire Road. In the event of rain, the ceremony will be moved indoors to the high school cafeteria.
The district is inviting all current and former administrators, teachers, students and community members to join in the momentous, long-awaited occasion.
Stafford became – and remains – the only municipal school district in the state. The unique history of Stafford’s formation as a municipal school district reflects a script that even Hollywood could not have imagined. Citizens started Stafford MSD in 1977, because neighboring school districts declined to provide adequate transportation to students. In the late 1970s, more than 500 communities attempted to start their own school districts, but Stafford was the only successful one.
It took five years and many courtroom battles (state and federal) before Stafford MSD opened its doors in 1982. Today, the district’s 3,600 students study on a single campus that houses elementary, intermediate, middle and high school campuses. Transportation is available to all students who are Stafford residents, regardless of how close their home is to the campus.
Prior to becoming the SMSD campus, the land was owned by a local farmer. The district will host that family’s relatives. They are glad to see that their beloved land has been put to “good use.”
Stafford MSD is grateful for the leadership of Mayor Leonard Scarcella, who was the mayor when the district formed.
Those interested in attending the event should RSVP to Cherise Roberts at firstname.lastname@example.org.