Northwest Independent School District, Texas
|Northwest Independent School District|
|Superintendent:||Dr. Karen G. Rue|
|Number of schools:||27|
|Website:||School Home Page|
|Board of Education|
|Board president:||Mel Fuller|
- 1 About the district
- 2 Superintendent
- 3 School board
- 4 Budget
- 5 Teacher salaries
- 6 Schools in Northwest ISD
- 7 Academic performance
- 8 Contact information
- 9 See also
- 10 External links
- 11 References
About the districtTarrant County, Texas, though most of the district lies in Denton and Wise counties. The county seat of Tarrant County is Fort Worth. The county's population was 1,809,034 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.
Tarrant County outperforms the rest of Texas in terms of higher education attainment, median income and poverty rate. The 2010 U.S. Census found that 29.1% of Tarrant County residents over 25 years old held undergraduate degrees compared to a 26.3% rate for the state of Texas. Tarrant County had a median income of $56,859 in 2010 compared to $51,563 for Texas. The poverty rate for Tarrant County was 14.7% in 2010 compared to a 17.4% rate for the rest of the state.
|Racial Demographics, 2012|
|Race||Tarrant County (%)||Texas (%)|
|Black or African American||15.6||12.3|
|American Indian and Alaska Native||0.9||1.0|
|Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander||0.2||0.1|
|Two or More Races||2.2||1.7|
|Hispanic or Latino||27.4||38.2|
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 100.0%. Each column will add up to 100.0% after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.
The superintendent of Northwest Independent School District is Dr. Karen G. Rue, who joined the school district in July 2005. Rue has her Bachelor's degree from the University of Northwestern Louisiana, her Master's from Lamar University and a doctorate from Texas A&M University. Prior to her role, she was serving as superintendent of Tuloso-Midway Independent School District.
The Northwest ISD Board of Trustees consists of seven members who are elected at-large to three-year terms. While candidates run for specific positions on the ballot, they represent the entire district.
|Northwest ISD Board of Trustees|
|Member||Role||Place #||Term Ends|
|Mel Fuller||President||Place 7||2017|
|Josh Wright||Vice President||Place 1||2015|
|Devonna Holland||Secretary||Place 5||2017|
|Judy Copp||Member||Place 4||2016|
|Lillian Rauch||Member||Place 6||2017|
|Mark Schluter||Member||Place 2||2015|
|Dr. Anne Davis-Simpson||Member||Place 3||2016|
School board elections
Members of the Northwest ISD Board of Trustees are elected at-large to three-year terms. Three seats were on the ballot on May 10, 2014; incumbents Devonna Holland and Mel Fuller were re-elected to Places 5 and 7, respectively, while newcomer Lillian Rauch was elected to the vacant Place 6 seat. Two seats will be on the ballot in May 2015.
Public participation in board meetings
The Board of Trustees maintains the following policy regarding public participation in board meetings last updated in 2011:
As long as the requirements of the Open Meetings Act are satisfied and the right of citizens to apply to the Board for redress of their grievances is not abridged, the Board need not provide a public forum for every citizen wishing to express an opinion on a matter. Reasonable restraints on the number, length, and frequency of presentations are permissible. The Board may limit the number of persons it will hear on a particular subject and the frequency with which they may appear, so long as the regulation does not abridge constitutionally guaranteed rights of freedom of speech and to petition nor unfairly discriminate among views seeking expression. 
—Northwest Independent School District's website, (2011), 
Northwest Independent School District publishes its annual budget on its website.<
|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|
The Northwest Independent School District website does not specify salary ranges for teachers, however more information can be found by clicking here.
Schools in Northwest ISD
Northwest Independent School District serves 15,370 students. Northwest Independent School District does not publicly archive enrollment data.
Northwest Independent School District operates 27 schools listed below in alphabetical order:
|Northwest Independent School District Schools|
|Beck Elementary School|
|Byron Nelson High School|
|Chisholm Trail Middle School|
|Cox Elementary School|
|Granger Elementary School|
|Haslet Elementary School|
|Hatfield Elementary School|
|Hughes Elementary School|
|Justin Elementary School|
|Lakeview Elementary School|
|Love Elementary School|
|Medlin Middle School|
|Nance Elementary School|
|Northwest High School|
|Outdoor Learning Center|
|Peterson Elementary School|
|Pike Middle School|
|Prairie View Elementary School|
|Roanoke Elementary School|
|Schluter Elementary School|
|Sendera Ranch Elementary School|
|Seven Hills Elementary School|
|Special Programs Center|
|Steele Accelerated High School|
|Thompson Elementary School|
|Tidwell Middle School|
|Wilson Middle School|
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.
Northwest Independent School District received a Met Standard designation on the state's 2013 report. District schools met 96 percent 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:
|Performance Index Summary, 2012-2013|
|Category||Points earned||Maximum points||Index score||Target score|
|Closing Performance Gaps||816||1,000||82||50|
- School board elections portal
- Northwest Independent School District elections (2014)
- Texas school districts
- List of school districts in Texas
- Northwest Independent School District, "2013-2014 Adopted Budget," accessed December 6, 2013
- U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Tarrant County," accessed March 3, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- Northwest Independent School District, "Superintendent's Profile," accessed March 12, 2014
- Northwest Independent School District, "Board of Trustees," accessed March 12, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Northwest Independent School District, "Public Participation," May 9, 2011
- National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed February 18, 2014
- Northwest Independent School District, "Schools," accessed March 12, 2014
- Northwest Independent School District, "Accountability Summary 2013," accessed June 24, 2014