The Dickinson Independent School District offers its approximately 8,100 students a full-range of educational opportunities through the efforts of more than 1,000 administrators, teachers and support personnel. The district's 61 square miles encompass the city of Dickinson and the unincorporated communities of Bacliff and San Leon as well as a portion of League City, La Marque and Texas City.
The residential housing market is booming within Dickinson ISD with many developments underway or in the planning stages with construction to begin in the next few years. Dickinson's central location and its "small-town" atmosphere attract families whose members can easily commute to either the Houston or Galveston areas. Dickinson ISD's student enrollment at the beginning of the 2007-2008 school year increased by approximately 400 students over the previous year.
To help accommodate the growing student population, taxpayers approved an $85 million dollar bond issue in April 2005 to allow for significant facility improvements in the district. With most of the work in the 2005 bond issue scheduled for completion by the first part of 2009, voters approved a $107.5 million bond issue in November 2007 to continue providing new and updated facilities to meet the growing student enrollment.
San Leon Elementary and a new Sam Vitanza Stadium opened at the beginning of the 2007-2008 school year as part of the 2005 bond issue, while a new Barber Middle School for fifth and sixth grade students will open in August 2008 followed by a new McAdams Junior High for seventh and eighth grade students around January 2009. The district will be developing attendance boundaries this spring for Barber and Dunbar middle schools, with each serving half of the district's fifth and sixth grade students when the 2008-2009 school year begins.
Planning for the projects included in the 2007 bond issue is already underway. The $107.5 million bond calls for a sixth elementary campus, extensive renovations and additions at Dickinson High School, a Transportation Center, an Agricultural Science facility, an Administration Building, as well as funds for maintenance projects and land purchases.
Dickinson ISD students and staff excel in many areas, with consistent achievements noted in local, state and national events and contests for academics, athletics and fine arts. According to the 2007 Texas Education Agency accountability ratings, the district has one exemplary campus and three recognized campuses.
Dickinson ISD continues to build on the lessons of the past and pledges to parents and patrons that the legacy of the District is the blueprint for the future. Gator pride runs deep and wide as Dickinson ISD continues to pave the way.