Over 65 percent of the May 2017 bond is designated to address the increase in student enrollment projected over the next five years.
At 234 square miles, Northwest ISD has some of the largest boundaries of any school district in the region. For comparison, Northwest ISD’s closest large neighbors, Fort Worth ISD, Denton ISD, Lewisville ISD and Keller ISD, occupy about 210, 180, 127 and 51 square miles, respectively. Northwest ISD is currently only about 23 percent built out, however – meaning significantly less of its land is developed than those school districts.
With 1,300 new homes being built each year and over 26,000 future lots identified, enrollment growth is expected across every geographic area in Northwest ISD’s boundaries.
NISD is currently growing by approximately 1,200 students per year. That equates to a projected increase of 6,205 students in 5 years, and 12,634 students in the next 10 years.
As the Long Range Planning Committee studied the growth coming to the district, they explored many options to determine the best long-term solution for students and teachers, but also what would be sustainable for the district and taxpayers for decades to come.
The solution proposed in the May 2017 bond election is based upon bringing current campus capacities up to the district’s current feeder pattern model adopted by the district in 2011.
In 2011 an assessment was done of the district’s school sizes and feeder patterns and it was concluded that the best solution for the district was to change from a 650 student elementary to an 850 student elementary. The operational budget savings for personnel was a total of $3.3 million between 2011-15 and projected to be $21.3 million between 2016-20.
The model includes six elementary schools of 850 students each feeding into two middle schools of 1,200 students each feeding into one high school of 3,200-3,400 students.
Included in the May 2017 bond proposal are three elementary school expansions (to bring up to 850 capacity), two middle school expansions (to bring up to 1,200 capacity) and two high school expansions (to bring up to 3,200 capacity). By adding on capacity to existing schools, NISD is able to build out the current feeder pattern model for sustainable growth in student population. It also allows the district to delay the construction of three new campuses and save millions of operational costs annually in staffing, utilities and maintenance.
Through smart design, prudent planning and appropriate staffing, the district has and will continue to create effective learning environments focused on the learner. NISD current staffing ratios allow for smaller class sizes than state averages and academies and career pathways allow for relationships between teachers and students to replicate “small school atmospheres.”
By having larger student enrollment numbers, NISD will be able to expand educational opportunities for students like dual credit, advanced academics and additional career academies.
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