Next elementary school named after Lizzie Curtis, first teacher in Haslet
Next elementary school named after Lizzie Curtis, first teacher in Haslet
Posted on 12/11/2017
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A rendering of Curtis Elementary School

At their Dec. 11 school board meeting, the Northwest trustees unanimously approved Lizzie Curtis Elementary School as the name for the district’s 18th elementary school, paying homage to the school area’s community history.

In the late 1870s, the city of Haslet had raised $150 in funding to construct a building called Blue Mound School, which eventually became known as Haslet, after the city. Alice Elizabeth Curtis – known as “Lizzie” – was the very first teacher in this building. Prior to the schoolhouse, Ms. Curtis taught children in the home of a Haslet community member. About seven years later, Blue Mound School was placed on wagons and moved half a mile north to the site of the current Haslet Elementary School. This information was provided to the city by Mr. and Mrs. C.E. Mitchell, one of the first families to live in Haslet.

Emily Conklin, the district’s executive director of communications, said the school name honors the community’s heritage, as multiple community members suggested.

“The district’s naming process for facilities solicits the feedback from the entire community,” she explained. “This is not the first year Lizzie Curtis has been submitted as a recommendation for a facility. Because of the location of the new school and her strong history with education in Haslet, the naming committee recommends the board approve this name.”

The process of naming Curtis Elementary School began in September with nominations open to the Northwest ISD community through October. A naming selection committee reviewed the nominations to determine whether each submission met the board-approved criteria in the district’s policy. The district received 53 submitted names, of which 26 met the criteria. Previously submitted names that met the policy were reviewed again as well.

Curtis Elementary School will be located north of U.S. Highway 287, east of F.M. 156 and south of Bonds Ranch Road in the Revelstoke subdivision. It is designed by Stantec and constructed by Balfour Beatty. It is currently under construction and will open for kindergarten through fifth-graders for the 2018-19 school year.

An attendance boundary and rezoning committee composed of parents and staff will meet this spring to discuss the affected areas. Northwest ISD will also open a new secondary school at the start of the 2018-19 school year, as Leo Adams Middle School will open next to V.R. Eaton High School, off U.S. Highway 287 and Blue Mound Road.