Tinker to become MacDill's official middle school
Subject to a Hillsborough County School Board vote on Tuesday, Tinker K-8 will be the official school for middle school students living on the MacDill Air Force Base. The boundary map is here.
The district added grades 6 to 8 to the elementary school this year and made the slots available to students who used the choice plan. It was widely popular; 127 of the base's 134 middle school students opted for Tinker, according to the district's 40-day enrollment figures.
The exodus also left Monroe Middle School with approximately 400 students, something the school is trying to counteract with technology programs that feed into an aerospace academy at nearby Robinson High School. In addition to the area just northwest of the base, Monroe buses kids in from a satellite area in West Tampa.
Two years ago Charter Schools USA tried to open a K-8 school at MacDill, citing support from the military community and business leaders. The district fought off that project but redoubled its efforts to support its military families, and the Tinker expansion was a part of that effort.