Board to discuss Eaton attendance zone

By Messenger Staff | Published Saturday, November 9, 2013

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Enrollment projections indicate that the number of students at the two comprehensive high schools in Northwest ISD – Northwest and Byron Nelson – will exceed the optimal capacity by the 2015-2016 school year.

Fortunately, V.R. Eaton High School is slated to open that same year. Which of the district’s students will attend the new school is yet to be determined.

At a meeting Monday, NISD trustees and staff will discuss tentative attendance boundaries for Eaton High School. According to the preliminary plan, the eastern boundary would be Interstate 35 West; the western and southern boundaries would be the district boundary; and the northern boundary would be the Tarrant County line.

That plan would relieve Northwest High School by moving the Haslet, Thompson, Sendera Ranch, Schluter, Nance and a small portion of Seven Hills elementary schools’ attendance zones to EHS.

It would alleviate the enrollment swell at Byron Nelson High School by shifting the Peterson Elementary School zone to the new school.

Eaton High School is to open in phases. In the 2015-2016 school year, it would begin with freshmen and sophomores and add a grade level each of the next two years.

Under this scenario, Eaton High would open in the fall of 2015 with a 1,000 enrollment, reducing the enrollment at NHS to 1,900 and at BNHS to 2,300.

At Monday’s meeting, trustees will also discuss:

  • the district’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR), a set of financial statements that the state requires all school districts to file.
  • input from a strategic summit held Oct. 25. This was preparation for the development of the district’s next four-year strategic plan, which drives the core beliefs, vision, mission and goals of the district.
  • casting votes for the appraisal district board of directors of Wise, Denton and Tarrant counties.

The board will also hear reports on the Education Service Center (ESC) Region XI, assistant principals leadership development, turnover and analysis of delinquent tax rolls and monthly construction.

The meeting begins with a closed session at 6 p.m. It will be held in the board room at the NISD Administration Building, 2001 Texan Drive, in Fort Worth.

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