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Eagle Mountain-Saginaw Independent School District, Texas

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Eagle Mountain-Saginaw Independent School District
Fort Worth, Texas
Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD logo.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Jim Chadwell
Graduation rate:92.8%[1]
Number of schools:24
Budget: $181.4 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Steven G. Newcom
Board members:7
Term length:3
Eagle Mountain-Saginaw Independent School District is a school district in Texas. The district's graduation rate increased from 91.1 percent in 2011 to 92.8 percent in 2012.[1] The district is the 68th-largest school district in Texas.

About the district

Eagle Mountain-Saginaw Independent School District is located in Tarrant County, Texas
Eagle Mountain-Saginaw Independent School District is located in Fort Worth, Texas, the county seat of Tarrant County. According to the United States Census Bureau, Fort Worth is home to 777,992 residents.[2]


Fort Worth underperformed in comparison to the rest of Texas in terms of higher education achievement in 2010. The United States Census Bureau found that 26.0 percent of Fort Worth residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 26.3 percent for Texas as a whole. The median household income in Fort Worth was $51,105 compared to $51,563 for the state of Texas. The poverty rate in Fort Worth was 18.7 percent compared to 17.4 percent for the entire state.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2010[2]
Race Fort Worth (%) Texas (%)
White 61.1 70.4
Black or African American 18.9 11.8
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.6 0.7
Asian 3.7 3.8
Two or More Races 3.1 2.7
Hispanic or Latino 34.1 37.6

Presidential votes, 2000-2012[3]
Year Democratic vote (%) Republican vote (%)
2012 41.4 57.1
2008 43.7 55.4
2004 37.0 62.3
2000 36.7 60.7

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[4] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.


The superintendent of Eagle Mountain-Saginaw Independent School District is Jim Chadwell as of April 9, 2014. He has served in the position since his appointment in 2010. Chadwell previously served as the deputy superintendent of Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District.[5]

School board

The Eagle Mountain-Saginaw Board of Trustees consists of seven members elected to three-year terms. Each member is elected to a specific seat but represents the entire district. Trustees are not paid but receive compensation for travel expenses and conference fees associated with district business.[6]

Eagle Mountain-Saginaw Board of Trustees
Member Place Term Ends
Tony Owens 1 2015
Paige Ring 2 2015
Rob Franklin 3 2016
Dick Elkins 4 2016
Steven G. Newcom 5 2016
Tim Dennis 6 2014
Donna K. Webb 7 2014

School board elections

See also: Eagle Mountain-Saginaw Independent School District elections (2014)

Members of the Board of Trustees are elected to three-year terms on a staggered basis. Two seats are up for election on May 10, 2014. Two seats will be on the ballot in May 2015 and three seats will be up for election in May 2016.

Public participation in board meetings

The Board of Trustees maintains the following policy regarding public participation in board meetings last updated in 2004:

Visitors are welcome and encouraged to attend Board meetings. Visitors are requested to register their attendance so that the official minutes may reflect their presence.

Audience participation at a Board meeting is limited to the public comment portion of the meeting designated for that purpose. At all other times during a Board meeting, the audience shall not enter into discussion or debate on matters being considered by the Board, unless requested by the presiding officer.

At regular meetings the Board shall allot 30 minutes to hear persons who desire to make comments to the Board. Persons who wish to participate in this portion of the meeting shall sign up with the presiding officer or designee before the meeting begins and shall indicate the topic about which they wish to speak.

No presentation shall exceed five minutes. Delegations of more than five persons shall appoint one person to present their views before the Board.

The oral address to the Board may be supplemented by a written statement, if desired.

Specific factual information or recitation of existing policy may be furnished in response to inquiries, but the Board shall not deliberate or decide regarding any subject that is not included on the agenda posted with notice of the meeting.

The presiding officer or designee shall determine whether a person addressing the Board has attempted to solve a matter administra-tively through resolution channels established by policy. If not, the person shall be referred to the appropriate policy (see list below) to seek resolution:

  • Employee complaints: DGBA
  • Student or parent complaints: FNG
  • Public complaints: GF

The Board shall not tolerate disruption of the meeting by members of the audience. If, after at least one warning from the presiding officer, any person continues to disrupt the meeting by his or her words or actions, the presiding officer may request assistance from law enforcement officials to have the person removed from the meeting.

Speakers are also reminded that laws relating to libel and slander are applicable to presentations before the Board.[7]

—Eagle Mountain-Saginaw Independent School District's website, (2014), [8]


The table below displays the budget for Eagle Mountain-Saginaw Independent School District:[9]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2013-2014 $87,146,033 50.8% $5,870,290 3.4% $45,312,837 26.4% $32,699,852 19% $640,000 0.4% $171,669,012
2014-2015 $89,864,837 49.5% $5,936,519 3.3% $51,881,406 28.6% $33,707,505 18.6% $35,001 0% $181,425,268
Averages: $88,505,435 50% $5,903,404.5 3% $48,597,121.5 28% $33,203,678.5 19% $337,500.5 0% $176,547,140

Teacher salaries

Teacher salaries at Eagle Mountain-Saginaw Independent School District are categorized based on higher education achievement and years of service. A teacher with a Bachelor's degree can earn higher salaries by pursuing graduate degrees. The salary schedule also accounts for graduate degrees by providing higher starting salaries and greater potential salaries. The following table lists salaries for district teachers during the 2013-2014 school year:[10]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Median salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
B.A. 47,580 53,254 63,987
MA 50,124 56,102 67,409

Schools in Eagle Mountain-Saginaw Independent School District


The district's K-12 enrollment increased from 16,709 students during the 2010-2011 school year to 17,674 during the 2012-2013 school year.[1][11]

District schools

Eagle Mountain-Saginaw Independent School District operates 24 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[12]

Eagle Mountain-Saginaw Independent School District
Boswell High School
Bryson Elementary School
Chisholm Ridge Elementary School
Chisholm Trail High School
Comanche Springs Elementary School
Creekview Middle School
Eagle Mountain Elementary School
Ed Willkie Middle School
Elkins Elementary School
Gililland Elementary School
Greenfield Elementary School
High Country Elementary School
Highland Middle School
Hollenstein Career and Technology Center
Lake Pointe Elementary School
Northbrook Elementary School
Parkview Elementary School
Prairie Vista Middle School
Remington Point Elementary School
Saginaw Elementary School
Saginaw High School
Watson High School/Alternative Discipline Center
Wayside Middle School
Willow Creek Elementary School

Academic performance

The Texas Education Agency issues an annual accountability report for each school district in the state. This rating determines if district schools fulfill expectations in four categories of educational achievement during a particular school year. The following terms explain these categories:

  • Student Achievement: Measures student performance on the annual Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) test.
  • Student Progress: Measures student performance in reading, math and writing courses at the district level.
  • Closing Performance Gaps: Measures year-to-year performance among students in the lowest-performing demographics.
  • Postsecondary Readiness: Measures student readiness for college, employment or military service after graduation.

Eagle Mountain-Saginaw Independent School District received a Met Standard designation on the state's 2013 report. District schools met 96% of indicators set forth by state education officials and all four assessment categories. The following table details the district's accountability report during the 2012-2013 school year:[13]

Performance Index Summary, 2012-2013
Category Points earned Maximum points Index score Target score
Student Achievement 31,098 38,864 80 50
Student Progress 1,463 4,600 32 21
Closing Performance Gaps 1,125 1,500 75 55
Postsecondary Readiness 1,144.7 1,300 88 75


Lawsuits by former student

A former Hollenstein Career and Technology Center student has filed suit against former teacher Rachelle Heenan and the district regarding an inappropriate relationship that took place in 2012. The former student, referred to as Mark Smith in the lawsuit, claims he was harmed physically and emotionally by Heenan during an intimate relationship that lasted through spring 2012. The lawsuit accuses district officials of failing to provide adequate supervision of Heenan. Heenan was placed on leave in May 2012 and later received five years of probation for a similar incident with another student that took place in February 2013. Smith's attorney is also asking for $24,000 to repay the district for damage to school property, citing the student's fragile emotional state during the relationship.[14]

Contact information

Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD logo.jpg
Eagle Mountain-Saginaw Independent School District
1200 Old Decatur Rd
Fort Worth, TX 76179
Phone: (817) 232-0880

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