Board Notes

Feb. 12 Board Notes

The Northwest Independent School District Board of Trustees met Monday, Feb. 12, 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.

Carrie Pierce named principal of Curtis Elementary School
Carrie Pierce will serve as the first principal of Curtis Elementary School following unanimous approval from the Northwest ISD Board of Trustees in advance of the school’s August opening.

Mrs. Pierce, who currently serves as principal of Hatfield Elementary School, has been with the district since 2005. Prior to being named principal of Hatfield in 2015, Mrs. Pierce served as assistant principal of Thompson Elementary School, and she has been a campus instructional teacher as well as a gifted and talented specialist.

Before Northwest ISD, Mrs. Pierce began her career in education in New Mexico before moving to Texas. She taught in Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD from 2000 to 2005, right before joining Northwest ISD.

Curtis Elementary School is located in the southeastern portion of the district; it will provide relief for Haslet, Peterson and Nance elementary schools. Mrs. Pierce will continue at Hatfield through the end of the 2017-18 school year while preparing for the opening of Curtis.

Reliant selected as district transportation provider beginning 2018-19
Reliant Transportation will take over Northwest ISD’s bus transportation services beginning in 2018-19 following approval from the district’s trustees.

The company won a competitive process for the district’s transportation contract that included five service providers vying for the partnership. As part of the agreement, Northwest ISD and Reliant have entered into a five-year service agreement – ending June 30, 2023 – with the option to extend for an additional five-year period.

Durham Transportation Services will remain the district’s bus service provider until June 30. On July 1, Reliant will take over services and prepare for the coming school year.

Instructional calendar for 2018-19 approved
Following community feedback, trustees unanimously approved the district’s 2018-19 calendar that took into account both voter preference and suggestions.

The calendar is largely based on a combination of the district’s two voter choices, with a notable change coming with Dec. 21 – the final Friday before winter break – serving as a student holiday and teacher flex day. The previous day, Thursday, Dec. 20, will remain a half-day, and students will return from winter break on Tuesday, Jan. 8. School days will remain the same length instead of adding 5 minutes per day, which was proposed under one of the community voter options.

School will start on Monday, Aug. 27, with the new calendar and end on Friday, May 31, 2019. The calendar features 172 total student days, between the 171 and 173 days of the two community voter options.

To see the full 2018-19 calendar, click here.

Pogue named contractor for Northwest ISD Natatorium
Trustees approved Pogue as Northwest ISD’s contractor for the construction of the district’s new natatorium, with groundwork for the new facility expected to begin this fall.

Approved as part of the district’s 2017 bond package, the natatorium will service all portions of the district at a central location. The natatorium is designed to serve all grades and include an Olympic-sized pool, diving well, spectator seating, dressing rooms and office. In addition to school use, the district is currently researching community-based programming for the facility, including rental options for outside swim clubs during non-school use. Construction is anticipated to complete in mid-2020.

Pogue is currently finishing construction on the district’s newest secondary school, Adams Middle School, which is scheduled to open in August. As the construction manager at-risk for the natatorium, Pogue will oversee all construction of the facility and accept any potential cost overruns.

Attendance boundaries for 2018-19 discussed
The Northwest ISD facilities team presented trustees with an overview of the proposed attendance boundary changes for 2018-19 following input from a committee composed of community members affected by the changes, teachers, principals and district officials.

As part of the recommended changes, 11 schools will have boundaries adjusted. Because of the opening of Adams Middle School, the district will adjust the boundaries of Chisholm Trail, Tidwell and Wilson middle schools. Because of the opening of Curtis Elementary School, the district will adjust the boundaries of Haslet, Nance and Peterson elementary schools. Additionally, Granger and Hughes are slated to receive boundary adjustments, Sendera Ranch and Thompson are slated to receive boundary adjustments, and Hatfield and Love are slated to receive boundary adjustments.

To see the proposed 2018-19 boundaries, click here.

Trustees are scheduled to vote on the recommended attendance boundaries at their next regular meeting, which takes place Monday, Feb. 26.

Board election set for May 5
Trustees approved the district’s school board election for Saturday, May 5, while early voting will take place Monday, April 23, to Tuesday, May 1.

Northwest ISD will continue taking applications for the school board through Friday, Feb. 16. Canvassing of the official results will take place May 8-16.

Additional information on the school board election will be posted on the district’s website in the coming weeks.

In other action, the board

  • Adopted a resolution authorizing the establishment of a local emergency planning committee.
  • Discussed staffing increases for 2018-19 to assist with the increased student population.
  • Discussed the possible donation of the former Drop Schoolhouse and its 3.415-acre tract of land to the Drop Family & Friends nonprofit organization for historical preservation. The district has no current use of the property and facility and leases it to the nonprofit organization, though it incurs expenses to upkeep the property.
  • Recognized the winner of the district’s 2019- budget cover art contest, Adela Baxleyoa. Adela is a senior at Northwest High School’s Creative Media Production Academy, and her graphic design teacher is Emily Christopher.
  • Recognized Aramark for winning the state’s Best of the Bunch Award.
  • Recognized the district’s CREST award-winning counselors from Byron Nelson and Eaton high schools and Nance Elementary School.
  • Presented the district with a check for $14,000 from the Reindeer Romp, an annual race that raises money for district school P.E. departments. This year’s Reindeer Romp was supported by the following sponsors: Fieldhouse Fitness, Moritz Kia, Alliance Airport, Hillwood Properties, Texas Health and Fit-N-Wise.
  • Recognized schools for taking part in the 21-Day Challenge, an initiative to encourage physical activity and healthy eating. Cox and Granger elementary schools were recognized as the most-involved campuses in the program, which is sponsored by Medical City Children’s Hospital, Kroger, NBC 5 and the United Way.
  • Recognized the district’s facilities team and architecture firm Stantec for their work on the Outdoor Learning Center, which won the Caudill Award as part of the Exhibit of School Architecture competition.
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