Community elects school board members
Community elects school board members
Posted on 05/05/2018
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The Northwest ISD community has elected members to fill three seats on the Northwest ISD Board of Trustees as part of the May 2018 election, according to preliminary results. On the May 5 ballot were Josh Wright (of Haslet) for Place 1; Mark Schluter (Haslet) for Place 2; and Joy Harrison (Trophy Club), Ron Hastings (Fort Worth), Stephen Janis (Fort Worth) and Matthew Hirst (Haslet) for Place 7.

Incumbent Josh Wright, running unopposed, was reelected to Place 1. Incumbent Mark Schluter, also running unopposed, was reelected to Place 2. Ron Hastings was elected to Place 7. Wright has served on the board since 2009, and Schluter has served on the board since 2006. Prior to his 2006 election, Schluter served on the board from 1988 to 1997. Votes will be canvased at 5 p.m. Monday, May 14, and elected board members will be sworn in at the May 29 school board meeting.

Northwest ISD’s seven-member Board of Trustees is responsible for establishing policies of the district and for ensuring its financial viability. Trustees employ the superintendent, approve the budget, monitor expenditures, set the tax rate and call bond elections. Members are elected to three-year terms of office. On a 2-2-3 rotating basis, all board members are elected at-large. Trustees provide service to the Northwest ISD communities without financial compensation.

At 234 square miles, Northwest ISD is one of the largest school districts in the area and spans three counties – Tarrant, Denton and Wise – and 14 municipalities. Northwest ISD operates 27 campuses and has approximately 23,000 students. As a fast-growth district, the district expected to serve more than 34,000 students in the next 10 years. The district’s growth is a result of several factors: the size of the school district; the number of active housing developments; and the attractive housing, retail and business industry in the immediate area.