Board calls three elections for Nov. 3 ballot
Northwest ISD trustees unanimously decided to bring three elections before voters this fall:
Board of Trustees Election: The annual school board election, which is usually held annually in May, was postponed due to the public health crisis. Three Board seats (Places 5, 6, and 7) will be on the ballot.
Bond Election: The May 2020 bond election, which was postponed due to the public health crisis, will now be presented to voters in November. The bond proposal is designed to address growth, aging facilities, technology, and student programs.
Voter-Approval Tax Rate Election (VATRE): The Board adopted the 2020-2021 tax rate of $1.4663 which triggered a VATRE (formerly called a TRE or Tax Ratification Election).
The Board set the total 2020-2021 tax rate as follows:
- M&O $1.0463 (7 cents higher than last year) – This rate triggered the VATRE.
- I&S $0.4200 (3 cents lower than last year)
The total tax rate was set at $1.4663 per $100 of valuation, which is three pennies lower than the tax rate in 2018 and 2019. Financial advisors estimate that NISD can reclaim an additional $21 million per year by restoring the tax rate to below what home owners paid two years ago.
The bond proposal will be presented to voters as four separate propositions (Proposition A, B, C, D), as now required by law. The VATRE will appear on the ballot as Proposition E. Early Voting is October 13-30, and Election Day is November 3, 2020.
Hazardous routes designated
Each year, school districts designate any hazardous routes that may prevent students inside of the 2-mile busing radius from feasibly arriving to school. Trustees approved the 2020-21 school year’s hazardous routes.
Through the designation, families of students who would otherwise travel a hazardous route – such as a busy highway – are eligible for district-provided busing. To see the list of 26 hazardous routes as associated by schools, click here.
Students who live more than 2 miles from the zoned schools they attend remain eligible for district-provided busing.
Reports, discussions addressed by board
District leadership presented the following subjects to the board as a report or discussion:
- 2019-2020 School Health Advisory Council report
- June Financial Year in Review
To view reports or discussion presentations from board meetings, click here.
In other action, the board
- Approved agreements with the City of Roanoke, the City of Trophy Club and Wise County for school resource officer services
- Renewed the 4-H resolution with Denton County
- Renewed agreements and memorandums of understanding for student and clinical teaching practices.