Board names principal, approves attendance boundaries for new school

By Erika Pedroza | Published Saturday, February 16, 2013

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Northwest ISD’s newest elementary school doesn’t have a name yet, but it does have a principal.

The school board took small but monumental steps in the development of elementary school No. 17 at its meeting Monday, naming a principal, approving preliminary attendance boundaries and hiring other staff for the school, which is slated to open this August.

Deborah McCune

Deborah McCune

At the request of Superintendent Karen Rue, the board hired Deborah McCune as principal.

McCune’s 26 years of experience include 13 as principal at Samuel Beck Elementary in Justin, one as assistant principal at Parkview Elementary in Keller and 12 total as a math teacher at Grapevine-Colleyville, Conroe, Spring, Bay City and Cypress-Fairbanks.

While at Beck, she led the school to an “exemplary” rating for 10 years and the National Blue Ribbon School designation awarded by the U.S. Department of Education.

“I am looking forward to working alongside parents, students and staff to create another great school community for NISD,” McCune said. “It’s exciting to build excellence from the ground up.”

McCune’s new school, which is expected to be named at the March 18 school board meeting, is located on Litsey Road in Roanoke. The 109,926-square-foot campus will feature a large cafeteria and gymnasium, open space, enclosed courtyard, flexible spaces and energy-efficient amenities.

The 850-optimal capacity school is expected to open with approximately 350 students.

“We anticipate this to be the fastest-growing school in our district over the next couple of years,” said Dennis McCreary, assistant superintendent for facilities, planning and construction. “Our projections show this school could have about 650 students by the 2017-2018 school year.”

Monday, the board also discussed an attendance boundary recommendation devised by a committee of parents and staff. It includes the Chadwick Farms, Seventeen Lakes, Fairway Ranch and Bluffview neighborhoods, relieving the swelling student population at Roanoke and Hughes elementary schools. The board is expected to vote on the recommendation at its next meeting Feb. 25.

As a separate agenda item, Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services Gary Gindt made the first staffing request of 110.5 new positions to accommodate the 1,281 new students the district anticipates in 2013-2014 based on campus-by-campus growth patterns. The request includes 14 positions for the new elementary school including a counselor, librarian, nurse, office manager, attendance clerk/receptionist and campus instructional, art, music, P.E. and regular education teachers.

For Northwest schools in Wise County, the request solicited an assistant principal for Seven Hills Elementary School in Newark, a counselor for Northwest High and a P.E. assistant at Prairie View Elementary in Rhome.

“Once further work has been completed on the district’s budget for next year, we will present a final staffing plan which may include other school, district or program staffing requests, taking into consideration resignations and retirements,” Gindt said.


Trustees also:

  • discussed refunding tax-exempt bond notes from series 2002 and 2006 and taxable notes from series 2005 “in the interest of keeping the I&S rate low,” said Jon Graswich, the district’s chief financial officer.
  • called a May 11 election for places 3 and 4, currently held by Judy Copp and Dr. Daryl Laney, respectively. Early voting is April 29 to May 7 at Rhome City Hall and Newark Municipal Building.
  • discussed utilizing the competitive sealed proposal (CSP) delivery method to repair the roof at Seven Hills and replace the energy control system at Northwest High. The 57,000-square-foot standing seam metal roof at Seven Hills was originally installed in 1988. The energy management system – which controls the heating, ventilation and air conditioning – was installed at Northwest High in 1999 and has become “unreliable, obsolete” and is not compatible with the districtwide energy management system that has been incorporated in all new construction.
  • approved the district strategic plan which “reaffirms the district’s vision, mission and goals and sets the direction for the district improvement plan,” which will be revamped in the fall.

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