Long-range planning committee recommends $399 million bond election
Long-range planning committee recommends $399 million bond election
Posted on 01/25/2017
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A rendering of Elementary No. 18, part of a previous bond package

At their Jan. 23 board meeting, Northwest ISD trustees heard from the district’s long-range planning committee regarding its recommendation to call a bond election to support the tremendous growth within district boundaries.

Speaking on behalf of the committee, community member Dave Edstrom highlighted the main features of the committee’s proposed $399 million bond, which includes both new facilities and expansions or improvements to existing facilities. The proposed bond package also includes capital support for curriculum, extracurricular and technology needs of district students. The committee is composed of 39 community and staff members from across the district and worked to provide a planned package that affects all areas of Northwest ISD.

Major new or improved facility highlights include:

  • Three new elementary schools (Elementary Nos. 19-21)
  • A replacement school for Haslet Elementary
  • Renovation of the existing Haslet Elementary to serve as a district instructional facility
  • Expansions of Byron Nelson and Eaton high schools (to 3,200 students)
  • Expansions of Medlin and Tidwell middle schools (to 1,200 students)
  • Expansions for three to-be-determined elementary schools (to 850 students)
  • A district aquatic center to serve all campuses
  • A classroom addition to Beck Elementary
  • Outdoor fieldhouses for Byron Nelson and Northwest high schools

Other proposed bond package elements include renovations to existing schools – such as furniture and roof replacement – as well as safety improvements. If passed, the bond package would ensure safety features are standardized across district schools, including secure school entrances at the reception area and security camera upgrades. Funding for land acquisitions would also come from the bond package, which would go toward the purchase of future school sites.

Based on current enrollment and growth trends, the proposed bond package would provide the district with schools to meet its expected population through roughly 2022. To see the presentation provided to trustees regarding the planned bond package, including more in-depth lists of its proposed inclusions, click here.

Northwest ISD is currently growing at a pace of about 1,000 students per year, and the district is only about 23 percent built out – the point at which all residential land is developed and occupied. The district currently ranks fifth in the Dallas-Fort Worth region for new home starts, with about 1,300 new homes built in the district a year.

Trustees will hold a workshop Feb. 9 to discuss the recommendations, and they are scheduled to vote at their Feb. 13 board meeting whether to hold the proposed bond election. If approved, early voting will take place from April 24 to May 2, with regular voting on Election Day on May 6.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE PLANNING COMMITTEE
For more information about the long-range planning committee, visit www.nisdtxlrpc.org.