Board Notes

Dec. 10 Board Notes

The Northwest Independent School District Board of Trustees met Monday, Dec. 10, 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.

Trustees approve District of Innovation process continuing
Trustees approved the District of Innovation process continuing following work from a committee composed of parents, teachers and staff members researching the state-level distinction. By proceeding, the public can now comment on the plan for 30 days by emailing A board vote regarding proceeding with DOI status is set for January.

A District of Innovation distinction allows Texas school districts to exempt themselves from some state requirements, such as calendar limits, certification requirements and more. Districts must have specific plans in place to use the distinction, however. To review the plan recommended by the DOI committee, click here. Additional information can be found on the district’s DOI website at this link.

Board approves 2019-20 high school courses
Following research and recommendations from curriculum staff and teachers, trustees approved the district’s high school courses for the 2019-20 school year.

Courses are largely unchanged for the next school year, with some changes made to CTE and AP selections based on need and enrollment amounts. Additional information will be available when memorandums with course partners – such as North Central Texas College, Tarrant County College and OnRamps – are complete and course selection guides are available.

Pogue selected as contractor for Northwest fieldhouse and renovations
Pogue will build Northwest High School’s outdoor fieldhouse and make renovations at the school following trustee approval as the construction manager for the work.

An evaluation committee recommended Pogue from a field of eight vendors that submitted applications.

University partnership report presented
The district’s college and career readiness department presented trustees with a report over its work with university partners, which leads to courses available at district high schools and other benefits.

Northwest ISD has partnerships with several colleges and universities, such as North Central Texas College, Tarrant County College, University of Texas at Austin (and its OnRamps program), University of Texas at Tyler and more. The district is continuing to research and coordinate partnerships for the benefit of students, including potential partnerships with the University of North Texas, Texas Woman’s University and Purdue University.

In other action, the board

  • Recognized the winners of the district’s 2018 holiday card contest – Makena Mbaya (overall winner), Nguyen Do, Mylah Childress, Aubrey Sharp and Malaina Adams.
  • Recognized Shears of Steele’s student stylists for their service learning, providing free haircuts to students at Prairie View and Seven Hills elementary schools.
  • Recognized the district’s Parents as Teachers program for being named a Blue Ribbon Affiliate for meeting national standards.
  • Recognized God Built Roofs as a district Adopt-A-School partner, supporting education at Northwest ISD and Lakeview Elementary School.
To view photos of Northwest ISD's board meetings and other district and school events, visit the district Flickr account.