Board Notes

Sept. 24 Board Notes

The Northwest Independent School District Board of Trustees met Monday, Sept. 24, 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.

First major update of district aquatic center planning discussed, partnership authority approved
Trustees heard from the district’s facilities staff with the first update of the planning for the Northwest ISD Aquatic Center, approved by voters in the 2017 bond package. Board members authorized the district to seek and enter into partnerships at the facility that would provide further funding for the center. The facility will be located between the Box Agricultural Science Center and Northwest High School baseball field.

The primary features of the facility centers around a 50-meter stretch pool with a diving well. A smaller practice pool is also provided to serve as both an additional warm-up area and a space for swim lessons and water safety classes for younger NISD students. The district is exploring partnership opportunities that would allow the facility to have dedicated medical, therapy and training areas within the aquatic center.

Relationships with outside medical and training professionals would additionally benefit course offerings for NISD students allowing them to work alongside industry professionals to gain insight into career pathways through the district’s CTE programs.

Class-size waiver approved
Trustees approved a class-size waiver that will allow the district to save roughly $650,000 compared to the cost of staffing additional classrooms. Currently, 13 third-grade classrooms and eight fourth-grade classrooms are above the 22:1 ratio. The Texas Education Agency requires school districts to submit waiver requests for any classes that exceed this size limit by any amount. All 21 classes above the standard ratio exceed it by only one or two students.

Campus improvement plans discussed
Trustees reviewed campus improvement plans across the district’s schools as a way to improve student performance. Much like the district improvement plan discussed at the
previous board meeting, each campus submitted an improvement plan that includes challenges and key areas of focus for the school year.

To review all campus improvement plans, click here. The board intends to take action on the campus improvement plans at its Oct. 22 regular meeting.

In other action, the board

  • Recognized the North Tarrant Express project for its $20,000 donation to the Northwest ISD Education Foundation, which will be used to fund innovative teaching grants and student scholarships related to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) initiatives.
  • Recognized Cox Elementary School staff members Stacie Breckley, Melissa Butler, Charlotte DeRossett, Viki Fields, Kristin Martin, Didi Martinez, Elizabeth McBroom, Deanna McCabe, Emily Pebsworth, Kelly Quaglieri, Krista Sarpalius, Andrea Vogel and Lori Walsh. for their life-saving actions aiding a student who was unable to breathe.
  • Recognized Audra Rowell, district advanced academics coordinator, for winning the first GEM Award of 2018-19 for positive community and staff support service.
  • Recognized Wise Guys Pizzeria of Roanoke as a Partner in Education for providing support to schools and students.
  • Granted the district authority to enter into an agreement with TMS Self-Storage – to be located off of S.H. 114 near the district stadium – regarding water and gas easements so the company can continue development of its project.
  • Approved an agreement with the city of Fort Worth to continue using its personnel for district school resource officers. The district will now have seven Fort Worth police officers serving as SROs.
To view photos of Northwest ISD's board meetings and other district and school events, visit the district Flickr account.