Board Notes

April 9 Board Notes

The Northwest Independent School District Board of Trustees met Monday, April 9, 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.

Brian Carter named district’s chief financial officer
Trustees unanimously voted to approve Brian Carter as the district’s chief financial officer, overseeing the district’s budget and related matters.

Mr. Carter is currently the chief financial officer for Kaufman Independent School District, where he has managed its business office and operating budget since 2005. Additionally, Mr. Carter has experience as a financial/student data analysist and a business services consultant for Region 10 Education Service Center, as well as a U.S. accounting supervisor for Electronic Data Systems.

Mr. Carter has a B.B.A in finance from Texas A&M University. He serves as a board member for the Region 10 Education Service Center Retirement Asset Management Services. Additionally, he is a member of the Texas Association of School Business Officials and the Texas Association of School Administrators.

His responsibilities as chief financial officer in Northwest ISD will include serving as the financial and budget advisor to the superintendent and board of trustees, oversight of all financial and business affairs of the school district and management of the district’s business and payroll departments.

Medical premiums for 2018-19 plan year discussed
Trustees heard about the proposed medical premiums for staff during the 2018-19 plan year, with a vote scheduled to take place at a future board meeting.

Based on a review of the district’s health and dental plans, the Benefits and Risk Management Department is recommending no premium increases for any primary medical plan for the 2018-19 plan year. Additionally, no changes are recommended to the coverage offered by the district’s core, basic or high deductible plans. This is the third year in a row there have not been premium increases on the basic and high deductible plans; it is the first year the core plan would not see a premium increase.

One change from the 2017-18 plans is that the district intends to switch to Ameritas as its provider for dental and vision plans. This would give employees a third option for a dental plan, with no premium increase set for any plan. The vision plan would have a decrease in rates from the last plan year and a two-year rate guarantee.

Voluntary plans will remain available for more specific services. One notable change is that the disability plan will see a 20 percent rate increase, which equates to $15 a month. If the district had stayed with its current provider, the rate would increase by 30 percent.

Trustees are scheduled to vote on the 2018-19 medical plans at their April 23 board meeting.

Agreements made for trustee elections
Northwest ISD entered into agreements with local government bodies – Denton County, Tarrant County and cities in Wise County – for election services, setting the stage for the upcoming school board elections.

Incumbents Josh Wright (Place 1) and Mark Schluter (Place 2) are running unopposed for their seats. For the vacant Place 7 seat, four people have filed applications to run: Stephen Janis, Matthew Hirst, Joy Harrison and Ron Hastings.

The election will be held May 5, while early voting will take place April 23 to May 1. All registered voters within Northwest ISD boundaries can cast ballots. For more information on the elections, click here.

In other action, the board

  • Discussed the district’s contract with Aramark, its food services provider. Trustees will vote whether to renew the contract at their April 23 board meeting.
  • Discussed the progress of setting the district’s strategic initiatives. The district is undergoing a multi-step process to determine its long-term strategic initiatives, with input from students, parents, teachers, community members and administrators.
  • Recognized members of the district Student Ambassador program’s Class of 2018. These students took part in several meetings, where they learned about the district’s operations and provided their feedback of the district.
  • Recognized the district's Technology Department for receiving its Digital School Districts Survey Awards, which recognizes school districts that implement innovative technology initiatives, for the sixth straight year.
  • Recognized CoServ, which provided donations to the Northwest ISD Education Foundation and Pike Middle School PTA.
To view photos of Northwest ISD's board meetings and other district and school events, visit the district Flickr account.