Update on Place 7 Vacant Seat
Update on Place 7 Vacant Seat
(posted 11/14/17)

President Mark Schluter announced the Board would meet on December 4 at 5:30 p.m. for Team of Eight Training. At that meeting, the Board plans to discuss and possibly take action to fill the vacant board seat Place 7.

Texas law says the Board has two options at this point: appoint an individual to fill the term until the May 2018 election or operate with six board members until the May 2018 election. State law does not permit the board to call a special election to fill the vacancy between now and the standard May election date. An update will be provided after the December 4 meeting.

Superintendent's letter regarding former board member arrest

Northwest ISD parents, caregivers, and stakeholders, I need to address an issue that was covered by many news outlets in our area. On October 31, 2017, the district was informed that one of our school board members, Mr. Mel Fuller, was arrested for suspicion of possessing child pornography. 

I can provide very few facts at this time, but the following is what I can relate to you: 

  1. There is no reason to believe that the alleged conduct involved Mr. Fuller's role as a school board member.
  2. Mr. Fuller resigned from the school board, effective November 1, 2017.
  3. The NISD Board of Trustees will be discussing how to fill the vacancy in upcoming, regularly scheduled board meetings.
  4. A copy of the press releases issued by NISD and the Trophy Club Police Department are available by clicking the links.

I urge everyone to keep all those who need support right now in your thoughts and prayers. There are challenges that come to us every school year - some very big and some very small - but the main point is to keep our focus on the kids. 

Please understand we are business as usual in the district and in our schools. This news will not impact the quality of instruction we provide our students every day.  We are seeing so many kids excel this year, and I am very proud of that. Thank you all again for the support you give our children. If there is anything we can do to support you, please do not hesitate to let us know. 

Dr. Ryder Warren, Superintendent of Schools
Northwest Independent School District

Q&A Regarding Board Members and Service

Q: Is a school board member an employee?

A: No. School board members are elected by voters who live in Northwest ISD. They are not paid for their work for the district. They volunteer their time as a public service.

Q. Do school board members work in our schools every day?

A: No. The school board members attend meetings that are scheduled the second and fourth Monday of each month. These meetings are held at 6:30 p.m. at the NISD Administration Building. They also attend special events on occasion. When visiting a campus, board members are accompanied by a district administrator.

Q: What does the school board do?

A: The school board is an elected body responsible for establishing policies for the operation of the district and to ensure its financial viability. The board employs the superintendent, approves the budget, monitors expenditures, sets the tax rate and calls bond elections.

Q: How can a school board member be removed from office?

A: The Northwest ISD administration does not have the legal authority to suspend or remove a school board member. A board member can be removed if he or she is convicted by a jury of any felony or misdemeanor involving official misconduct, or for incompetency, official misconduct, or intoxication as defined in Board Policy BBC (Legal). Current law does not allow for involuntary removal based on an indictment or an arrest.

Q: What will the school board do with the vacant seat since Mr. Fuller has resigned?

A: Texas law states that the board can appoint an individual to fill the term or hold a special election. The NISD Board of Trustees will be discussing what to do with the vacant seat. An update will be provided to the NISD community when a decision is made.