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Looking Ahead at 2021: Northwest ISD To Open 20th Elementary Campus Amid Budget Reductions
Posted on 01/11/2021
This is the image for the news article titled Looking Ahead at 2021: Northwest ISD To Open 20th Elementary Campus Amid Budget ReductionsBerkshire Elementary, the 20th elementary campus in Northwest ISD, is set to open in August 2021.

As a new semester begins, Northwest ISD stakeholders can count on one thing for certain — the district remains committed to its core belief that kids come first.

The district will offer In-Person Learning and Remote Learning options for students through the end of the school year in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Construction continues on Berkshire Elementary School, which was approved by voters in the 2017 bond election. Berkshire, which will be the district's 20th elementary campus, is slated to open in August 2021.

Northwest ISD trustees will consider budget reductions this spring in an effort to address the district's $25 million operating budget deficit. Measures under consideration include increasing maximum class sizes, changing employee health insurance and more.

District officials have begun evaluating attendance zone boundaries to address overpopulated campuses and incorporate the new Berkshire Elementary. New attendance zones are expected to be presented to the Board of Trustees later this spring.

The Long Range Planning Committee will continue to meet this spring as members consider ways to address ongoing student growth and potential projects for the district's next bond election.

May 2021 is the earliest NISD could hold another bond election to fund construction projects to address growth, which must be approved by voters and paid for using the Interest and Sinking tax rate.

November 2021 is the earliest NISD could hold another voter-approval tax rate election, which would allow the district to increase the Maintenance and Operations tax rate to pay teacher salaries, purchase supplies and cover utilities. In 2020, the Texas legislature compressed the district's M&O tax rate to $0.9163 per $100 valuation — 12 cents lower than it has been for the last five years.

Helpful Links:
Northwest ISD Construction Website Northwest ISD Long Range Planning Committee Website
NISD Construction Website  |  NISD Long Range Planning Committee Website