Board Notes

Nov. 12 Board Notes

The Northwest Independent School District Board of Trustees met Monday, Nov. 12, 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.


Legislative priorities approved
Following a discussion at their last board meeting in October, trustees reviewed their proposed legislative priorities and approved them on Monday. Northwest ISD regularly advocates for public education to elected state officials when the legislative session reconvenes on a biennial basis, as it will in January.

Trustees and the district will advocate for public education across several areas, such as school finance improvements, an accountability and assessments beyond high-stakes testing, improvements to the North Texas transportation infrastructure and more.

To see the approved priorities, click here. For more information about legislative matters in Northwest ISD, visit www.nisdtx.org/legislative.

District of Innovation status discussed
Curriculum and instruction staff presented trustees with an overview of committee research regarding a potential District of Innovation status for the district, which would allow it to opt out of certain state requirements with its own plan in place.

The committee researched the DOI distinction’s offerings as well as what other area school districts have chosen to implement with the distinction. Examples include the calendar start and end date, minutes of education requirements, certification requirements for CTE teachers, sharing campus behavior responsibilities and more. To see the recommended district DOI plan, click here.

Agreement for new road ramp near Eaton at U.S. 287 approved
Trustees approved a recommendation for an interlocal agreement between Tarrant County and Northwest ISD to construct a new U.S. 287 onramp near Eaton High School. The construction would extend the southbound service road and relocate the U.S. Highway 287 southbound ramp at Blue Mound Road to allow for legal exit out of Eagle Boulevard.

Facility purchased in Wise County for improved operations
Northwest ISD has entered into a resolution to purchase about 10 acres of land and the Flint Energy building in Wise County to be used for operational uses, possibly including transportation services, bus parking, maintenance and other services.

Social-Emotional Learning Committee provides report
The district’s Social-Emotional Learning Committee provided a report regarding its meetings and the steps it plans to take to implement a social-emotional aspect in district education.

Committee members feel social-emotional learning is vital to a child’s development, and it needs to be embedded in all the district and its stakeholders do to provide students with tools needed for success in life. As part of this goal, the committee’s mission is to “work collaboratively to design highly effective character development experiences that are responsive to ever-changing student needs and promote and foster social, emotional, and intellectual learning for all students.”

The committee continues to work and research its plan, including meeting with students to hear their thoughts on what district staff need to provide to best implement social-emotional learning across the district.

Construction report updates trustees on projects
Facilities staff updated trustees on the status of the district’s building projects, including several active construction projects and several projects in planning.

Notable active construction projects include the Byron Nelson High School fieldhouse, which is in the early stages of construction; extensions to the Box Agricultural Science Center, which will include several new barns and an arena; and Lance Thompson Elementary School, which has begun steel work and decking. Safety and security upgrades are also beginning, with the process ongoing across district schools throughout the year. Finally, construction on Sendera Ranch and Thompson elementary schools’ expansions began in mid-October.

Two projects in planning that will begin in the coming months include the district natatorium and Byron Nelson renovation and expansion, both of which are slated to receive board votes for contractor approval in January. Additional projects in planning include the Northwest High School fieldhouse and renovations as well as the Eaton High School expansion. Both of these projects are in early discussion stages with architects.

Additional information about construction projects is available at www.nisdtxconstruction.org.

In other action, the board

  • Updated several policies to comply with laws passed by the Texas Legislature and recent changes in administrative rules.
  • Ratified utility easements to assist TMS Self-Storage with the construction of its new facility off of State Highway 114, near the district’s central complex area.
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