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Bearcat Growth Committee: What Members Are Saying

(Second in a series of topics discussed by the Bearcat Growth Committee, which held nine meetings from January to May 2019 in the bond planning process. The BGC reviewed District facilities, finances, demographics and plans for growth. The BGC is expected to complete the process of building a bond program at the August 1 BGC meeting.)

Mercedes Mayer
Student enrollment growth in Aledo ISD is especially impacting Aledo Middle School.

Aledo ISD ended the 2018-2019 school year with 947 students enrolled in the 7th and 8th grades at Aledo Middle School. The functional capacity of AMS is 958 students and the maximum capacity is 1,119. The District's demographers project AMS will start the 2020-2021 school year with 1,170 students, 51 students over maximum capacity.

When Aledo ISD shifts to a 6-8th grade concept at the middle school, the combined enrollment for these grades entering the 2020-2021 school year is projected to be 1,715. Part of the Bearcat Growth Committee's focus during the bond planning process has been to evaluate the need for middle school No. 2 for grades 6-8.

Aledo Middle School was originally built as the high school and opened in 1967. It was converted to a middle school in 2001 after the new Aledo High School opened. The front addition at AMS opened in 2002.

The next BGC series installment will feature the committee itself, how it was formed and the membership diversity and perspectives provided in this process. Click here to view the BGC website and if you have questions or comments for the committee, email them at

Click here to view Aledo ISD’s latest demographic report.

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