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WFISD board receives middle school plan for 2025-2026

WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — A final vote on the new WFISD middle school plans reaches closer for the 2025-2026 school year.

On Tuesday, May 14, the WFISD School Board discussed the recommendations for the new schools at its special session.

The plan, as recommended, is for the conversion of Rider and Hirschi High Schools to middle schools, keeping Barwise as a middle school.

Wichita Falls High was under consideration as a possible new middle school, but as of now, staff said it should not be considered because of structural concerns, so Barwise is the better option.


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Scotland Park Elementary would be the only feeder school in which many students will part ways after 5th grade, with one half going to Rider and the other half to Hirschi.

Under this recommended plan, a Rider Middle School would be the largest with an estimated 1,194 students, while Hirschi would have 723 and Barwise, 750.

The middle school plan in Tuesday’s meeting was discussion only and is designated as a future action item to be voted on by the board.

If this plan is adopted, Rider will get students from Fowler, Jefferson, Zundy, West Foundation, Crockett schools and part of Scotland Park.

Hirschi would have Sheppard, Burgess, Southern Hills, Booker T Washington and part of Scotland Park students.

Barwise would have Fain, Ben Franklin, Milam and Cunningham students.

This is a developing story. Stick with Texoma’s Homepage for updates as more information becomes available.

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