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District sets school naming guidelines

By Erika Pedroza | Published Wednesday, December 12, 2012

The Northwest School Board Monday outlined the criteria for name suggestions for elementary school No. 17 and high school No. 3. Nominations will be accepted Jan. 7 to Feb. 7 online at www.nisdtx.org/schoolnames or through a paper form obtained by calling Cindy at (817) 215-0171.

Schools serving kindergarten through grade 8 shall be named:

  • in memory of someone who served the district or community, especially in service to children;
  • in memory of someone who made a significant contribution to society and/or education, and his/her name shall lend prestige and status to an institution of learning;
  • after a local residential or geographic area;
  • in honor of a district property donor or his/her family members.

Facilities serving grades 9 through 12 shall be named:

  • in memory of a person who has made a significant contribution to society and/or education, and his/her name shall lend prestige and status to an institution of learning;
  • after any state or national heroic figure, landmark and/or historical attributes;
  • a district property donor or his/her family members.

An appointed selection committee will review the nominations and present three options to the board in March.

The board also selected the construction manager at-risk as the delivery method and selection criteria for the construction of high school No. 3 – the first big project out of the recently approved bond election.

“One of the key benefits from (a construction manager at-risk method) is that a general contractor can look at the drawings and help us to determine the best construction techniques as well as provide accurate estimates. … contractors who are in it from day to day have a better pulse on the construction trade,” said Dennis McCreary, assistant superintendent for facilities, planning and construction.

“This is a turbulent time,” he added. “It appears we are coming out of the construction downturn. We capitalized on some great prices over the last couple of years, but things are changing. So we need someone who knows what the market bears at this point.”

The board also:

  • heard several reports including a quarterly demographic report where Bob Templeton said the Texas economy continues to outperform the national economy, and the state has a lower unemployment rate; and an update on the district’s employee health and wellness center, which paid for itself in October, a little more than a year after opening in August of 2011. “We were able to sustain and save money based on what we paid out,” said Kitty Poehler, executive director of personnel services.
  • ordered an amendment to the order canvassing the bond election results to reflect the final, official returns from county election divisions. The additions did not change the outcome of the election or the percentage (57) by which the proposal passed.
  • delegated the authority to accept a contract employee’s resignation to the superintendent, the assistant superintendent of administrative servies and the executive director of human services, prompted by the Commissioner of Education and the ruling in the Harris v. Fort Bend ISD case.
  • designated the district’s chief financial officer and the executive director of business services as the investment officer of the district, as required by the Texas Public Funds Investment Act.
  • also heard reports on the English Language Arts and Social Studies District Effectiveness and October financials and investments.
  • recognized the winners of the distict’s holiday card design contest – Alyssa Zuzu, Brittany Jackowski, Audrey Vincenzo, Erin Deck and Syeda Syyara; Bill Patterson for being named the Dallas Cowboys High School Coach of the Week; and Hamie Farbor for being named the Texas School Counselor Association’s Counselor of the Year.
  • approved the consent agenda and local policy updates as outline by the Texas Association of School Boards.

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