Board Notes

Aug. 28 Board Notes

The Northwest Independent School District Board of Trustees met Monday, Aug. 28, 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.

Tax rate adopted
Trustees voted to approve the district’s total tax rate of $1.49 per $100 of appraised property value, which remains among the lowest rates in the area for public school districts.

The district’s budget was passed at an earlier board meeting, a prerequisite for passing a district tax rate. The new budget includes the district’s recently passed bond election, beginning work on projects that will be planned and built over the next five years.

Campus improvement goals and objectives discussed, approved
Each Northwest ISD school annually adopts Campus Improvement Goals to insure it is continuously improving to meet student needs and improving performance. Trustees heard presentations from each school and approved all plans.

These goals are set after reviewing data from last year and determining what areas a school needs to improve. Each campus goal also corresponds to an overall district goal, providing a focused path for the district as a whole and ensuring all students meet the district’s overall vision of being the best and most sought-after school district where every student is future ready.

Goals are monitored throughout the course of the school year, with regular meetings from a campus improvement committee. Reviews take place in October, December, February and April.

To view all the campus improvement reports, click here.

Facilities provides construction update
Facilities department employees provided trustees with an update on construction projects, led by Adams Middle School’s continued progress.

Adams remains under construction by Eaton High School, with drywall and exterior walls going up around the building. The school remains on schedule to open for the start of the 2018-19 school year.

Remaining projects in the works include Elementary No. 18 construction (in the works east of U.S. Highway 287 and west of Harmon Road), an addition at Beck Elementary School, planning for a Hughes Elementary School addition (from 650 to 850 students), designing and planning a new prototype elementary design (which will first be used for Elementary No. 19).

Athletic improvements are ongoing across the district, with the installation of turf practice fields now complete, along with resurfacing Byron Nelson and Northwest’s tracks. Northwest ISD Stadium’s videoboard and turf replacement also recently completed. Currently, the resurfacing or replacement of middle school tracks (at Chisholm Trail, Medlin, Pike and Tidwell) are in progress, as are new baseball and softball fields at Byron Nelson and Northwest.

Criteria for selecting Elementary No. 19 contractor approved
Trustees approved the district’s plan to use a construction manager at risk delivery method, which grades construction contract proposals for a variety of areas.

The following criteria will be used for selection: organization (3 points), experience of construction manager (20 points), financial strength (10 points), past performance at risk methodology (23 points), proposed personnel and management team (23 points), reputation (16 points) and uniqueness (5 points).

With this method of contracting, the construction manager serves as the general contractor and assumes risk for construction at the contracted price – or guaranteed maximum price – insulating the district from financial risk. The overall selection is made on the aforementioned criteria, taking into account qualifications, experience and costs.

In other action, the board

  • Recognized Byron Nelson High School student Haniyah Burney for earning a perfect score of 36 on the ACT.
  • Recognized Eaton High School counselor Shana Jackson for being named a Texas OnCourse Leader Fellow.
  • Recognized Medlin Middle School for receiving a Promising Practice award from
  • Recognized Eaton High School’s Academy of Business Management & Entrepreneurship students for being named Junior Achievement Company of the Year finalists.
  • Recognized CyLynn Braswell and Ron Myers for receiving honors at the FFA State Convention.
  • Recognized Joy Harrison for receiving the National PTA Life Achievement Award.
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