Mesquite ISD breaks ground on New Middle School


Mesquite city and school officials braved the imminent storm Monday morning for the groundbreaking of Mesquite ISD’s new middle school, Lanny Frasier Middle School. The name was officially decided on at the April 10 school board meeting.

The school is being built on land close to Memorial Stadium, across the street from West Mesquite High School where Frasier began his 41-year career with MISD. 

Prior to the ceremony, music was provided by the WMSH choir, present were MISD Superintendent Dr. David Vroonland, Councilman Bruce Archer, WRA Architects architect Tony Apel, president and CEO of Pogue Construction Benjamin Pogue, and School Board President Robert Seward, along with Frasier’s family, friends and colleagues.

“What a wonderful day it is that we get to be a part of something so special. Something much bigger than all of us, and God willing, will endure long after we are gone,” Archer said. “Today we not only provide charge to a new school that not only will house the souls of many children in the coming years and help determine their future and their destiny, but we also honor the great educator and the good man in which this school is named after.”

School Board President Robert Seward presented Frasier with a framed copy of the school portrayal created by WRA Architects.

“It still feels so surreal to me. I’m not sure my feet have touched the ground yet,” Frasier said. “I’m honored and humble, I can’t express that enough, and so grateful for so many people who have propped me up along the way.”

“Seems like just yesterday I started across the street, at West Mesquite School, so it’s kind of come full circle,” he added.

Frasier started his career as a teacher and coach at West Mesquite Junior High, then took his teaching/coaching role to Agnew Middle School in 1980, and started his administrative career at Vanston Middle School as the assistant principal then principal at Poteet High School.

Lanny Frasier Middle School is scheduled to open its doors in fall of 2018.

Anny Sivilay