District tax rate approved
Trustees approved the district’s 2019-20 total tax rate of $1.42 per $100 of taxable property, a decrease of 7 cents from the 2018-19 tax rate.
The most recent Texas Legislature session compressed tax rates of school districts across the state, reflected in the district’s new rate, while updating the state funding laws to offset tax revenue losses. The trustees’ vote followed prior approval of the district’s 2019-20 budget, as state law requires budget approval before tax rates are approved.
Student code of conduct approved
Trustees approved the 2019-20 student code of conduct and reviewed the student handbook following their annual input, which took place at the Aug. 12 board meeting.
Most changes to the document are minor in nature, such as changing names or positions based on staff or board updates, while other changes primarily reflect legal or regulatory updates to keep pace with new laws.
District Improvement Plan discussed
Texas Education Code requires every school district to develop annually a District Improvement Plan, with trustees providing input and approving the document. At the Aug. 26 meeting, trustees discussed the proposed objectives, with a vote scheduled for their Sept. 9 meeting.
Northwest ISD’s District Improvement Plan consists of multiple performance objectives as well as the ways the district will meet these goals. To see the entire plan,
Demographer projections show strong, sustained growth
Templeton Demographics, the district’s contracted demographic data service provider, provided trustees with an updated overview regarding population growth in and around Northwest ISD.
The new home market has roughly kept pace with 2018 so far through 2019, while several master-planned communities are beginning work that will ramp up production. Pecan Square in the Northlake area, for instance, has 675 vacant developed lots for homes and plans for 2,750 future lots for homes.
Three other communities – Sendera Ranch, Bluebonnet Ranch and Elizabeth Creek at Alpha Ranch – each have 3,000 planned lots for future homes, and all of the top-10 subdivisions ranked by future homes each have more than 1,100 lots planned.
To see the full report from Templeton,
In other action, the board
- Recognized Hughes Elementary School for being named a School Transforming Learning by the Principals’ Institute for its innovative educational services.
- Recognized United Way of Denton County and Galderma volunteers who organized or assisted the Northwest ISD Back-to-School Fair, which provided items and services to roughly 900 children in need.
- Heard PTA commendations described by PTA President Phyllis Grissom.
- Heard a report from the facilities department regarding construction across the district. To see the report, click here. Updates regarding district construction and projects can also be seen at www.nisdtxconstruction.org.
- Approved members to 2019-20 district concussion oversight committee, which monitors student-athlete wellbeing related to potential concussions, including signs and symptoms, treatment and return-to-play protocol.