March 20, 2018
 
Northwest Board Notes: March 19 Meeting
 
The Northwest Independent School District Board of Trustees met yesterday - Monday, March 19 - during a regularly scheduled meeting. This is a recap of the major actions and reports from the meeting. To see every item that was discussed or voted on, click here.
Middle school attendance boundaries for 2018-19 approved
Northwest ISD trustees voted to approve next year's attendance boundaries for middle schools following additional feedback regarding the proposed zones.

The approved boundaries include a zone for Adams Middle School, which is scheduled to open in August, as well as adjustments for the Chisholm Trail, Tidwell and Wilson middle school zones. Following community feedback, six additional studies for Chisholm Trail's boundaries were conducted to further evaluate the attendance scenarios.

After balancing the options of expanding the proposed Chisholm Trail boundaries with the time students in those areas would spend on buses and their distance from the school, the district recommend remaining with the original proposal. All six of the boundary studies, even when significantly increasing the zone's geographic land mass, would have kept Chisholm Trail with 450 to 650 students for 2018-19.

As a fast-growth school district, Northwest ISD closely monitors enrollment, including which areas of the district grow faster than other areas. When attendance boundaries are rezoned, the district aims to create boundaries that will endure growth for the longest amount of time - when campuses are not significantly over their designed enrollment capacity.

To see maps of the approved middle school boundaries, click here.

Facilities team provides monthly report
The district's facilities team provided an update on current construction and planned projects, focusing on Adams Middle School and Curtis Elementary School, which are slated to open at the start of the 2018-19 school year.

Adams Middle School's exterior is largely complete, with workers now primarily focused on the interior of the building. Most walls are now up, with work on interior finishes - such as carpets, ceiling tiles and paint - now taking focus. At Curtis Elementary School, slabs and insulated concrete forms are now being constructed in phases.

In addition to these news schools, work is also progressing on Hughes Elementary School's addition, which will expand the school to house up to 850 students, the district's new standard capacity for elementary schools. Crews are on site at the school now and working on the foundation and related construction for the school's new areas.

Plans for new facilities and expansions - including the Byron Nelson High School expansion, district agricultural barn expansion, Elementary School No. 19 and district natatorium - were also presented. The district's bond website, www.nisdtxbond.org, is in the process of being updated, and more information about planned projects will be available on that website in the coming weeks.

In other action, the board
  • Approved a modification to the district's agreement with Region 10 for a teacher mentoring program. Region 10 previously paid stipends directly to teachers who serve as mentors, though the IRS now requires it to fund these stipends by flowing the money through partner school districts.
  • Recognized the Northwest ISD Education Foundation for being named the Heart of the Region by the Northwest Metroport Chamber of Commerce. Following its recognition, NEF donated $7,000 to the department of college and career readiness to assist with AP testing.
  • Recognized members of the district's communications department for earning statewide recognition from the Texas School Public Relations Association for their award-winning work.
  • Recognized Byron Nelson High School's Monica Valenta for being named Biomedical Teacher of the Year by Project Lead the Way.
  • Recognized the district's Crime Stoppers program, led by Mike Conklin and including several students, for winning state awards for Northwest ISD's safety and crime-prevention programs.
  • Recognized the district's purchasing department for receiving the TASBO Award of Merit.
Sendera Ranch Elementary School students led the pledge.
Sendera Ranch Elementary School students led the pledge.
Trustees recognized the Northwest ISD Education Foundation for earning the Heart of the Region recognition.
Trustees recognized the Northwest ISD Education Foundation for earning the Heart of the Region recognition.
Following its recognition_ NEF donated _7_000 to the district for AP testing.
Following its recognition, NEF donated $7,000 to the district for AP testing.
Trustees recognized members of the district_s communication teams for recent professional TSPRA awards.
Trustees recognized members of the district's communications teams for recent professional TSPRA awards.
Trustees recognized Byron Nelson_s Monica Valenta for being named Biomed Teacher of the Year by Project Lead the Way.
Trustees recognized Byron Nelson's Monica Valenta for being named Biomed Teacher of the Year by Project Lead the Way.
Trustees recognized the district_s safety and security team and students for their recent Crime Stoppers award.
Trustees recognized the district's safety and security team and students for their recent Crime Stoppers award.
Trustees recognized members of the district_s purchasing teams for a recent department award.
Trustees recognized members of the district's purchasing team for a recent department TASBO award.