Northwest Independent School District, Texas

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Northwest Independent School District
Justin, Texas
Northwest ISD logo.png
District Profile
Superintendent:Dr. Karen G. Rue
Enrollment:15,370 students
Number of schools:27
Budget: $296.7 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Mel Fuller
Board members:7
Term length:3
Northwest Independent School District is a school district in Texas that serves parts of Denton County, Tarrant County and Wise County. It is the 71st-largest school district in Texas, serving 15,370 students in 27 schools with an operating budget of $296.7 million.[1]

About the district

Northwest Independent School District is located in Tarrant County, Texas
Northwest Independent School District is located in Tarrant 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.[2]


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.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2012[2]
Race Tarrant County (%) Texas (%)
White 76.2 80.6
Black or African American 15.6 12.3
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.9 1.0
Asian 5.0 4.2
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 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.[3]


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.[4]

School board

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.[5]

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

See also: Northwest Independent School District elections (2014)

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. [6]

—Northwest Independent School District's website, (2011), [7]


Northwest Independent School District publishes its annual budget on its website.<[1]

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 $109,938,527 37.1% $29,104,455 9.8% $115,446,340 38.9% $39,859,506 13.4% $2,369,271 0.8% $296,718,099
Averages: $109,938,527 37% $29,104,455 10% $115,446,340 39% $39,859,506 13% $2,369,271 1% $296,718,099

Teacher salaries

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.[8]

District schools

Northwest Independent School District operates 27 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[9]

Northwest Independent School District Schools
School Name
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

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.

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:[10]

Performance Index Summary, 2012-2013
Category Points earned Maximum points Index score Target score
Student Achievement 34,016 39,026 87 50
Student Progress 1,568 4,400 36 21
Closing Performance Gaps 816 1,000 82 50
Postsecondary Readiness 1,028.0 1,200 86 75

Contact information

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Northwest School Board
2001 Texan Drive
Justin, TX 76247
Phone: 817-215-0000

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