Despite budget constraints, Northwest ISD may offer bus transportation to some students within a two-mile radius of their school this year.
The issue is safety.
At its meeting Monday, trustees will consider identifying hazardous routes in the district – a procedural step to obtain supplemental state funding to pay for transportation of students who would be subject to hazardous traffic conditions if they walked to school.
The following NISD schools in Wise County have areas within a two-mile radius that have been deemed as hazardous:
- Chisholm Trail Middle School – streets north of Texas 114 and U.S. 287 within the city of Rhome.
- Chisholm Trail Middle School – streets west of Farm Road 3433 and north of Farm Road 718, except Chisholm and Savanna Drive.
- Northwest High School – all streets within a two-mile radius.
- Prairie View Elementary – all streets within a two-mile radius except Chisholm Creek Parkway, Cody Court, Chisholm Court, Clear Fork Trail and Cheyenne Trail.
- Seven Hills Elementary – all streets within a two-mile radius.
In cutting the budget, two years ago NISD eliminated bus transportation for students who live within a two-mile radius of their school.
Officials review the routes yearly as conditions change.
Prior to the regular meeting, the board will convene in closed session at 5:30 p.m. to hear a level III appeal filed by Kelli Ragsdale.
The agenda includes:
- endorsing candidates for the TASB board;
- approving TASB policy updates;
- accepting a $1.8 million change order in unused contingencies in the construction of Wilson Middle School;
- extending an agreement with Smith and Associates as the district’s employee benefit consultant;
- opting out of Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) as permitted for non-federal government plans;
- and renewing an agreement with Travelers Insurance for coverage of the district’s property such as turf, signs, scoreboards, band uniforms, band instruments, athletic uniforms and athletic equipment.
Trustees will also consider a second amendement to the guaranteed maximum price for the construction of V.R. Eaton High School, an $81,041,240 change that covers higher bids for concrete, elevators and kitchen equipment and brings the total price to $94,630,421.
The meeting will be held in the Burlington Northern Conference Room of the NISD Administration Building, located at 2001 Texan Drive in Fort Worth.