Northwest ISD approves budget, makes hires

By Erika Pedroza | Published Saturday, June 28, 2014
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Moments before approving its general fund budget for the 2014-2015 school year, the Northwest school board filled two positions created in this year’s plan.

Budgeted expenses total $164 million, while revenue is tabbed at $161 million.

The $2.75 million difference will be made up with money from the fund balance.

“I believe the budget presented is one that is thoughtfully deliberated and one that is specific to meeting the goals of our strategic plan,” said NISD Superintendent Karen Rue.

Earlier in the meeting, the board held a public hearing on the tax rate, proposed to remain at $1.425 per $100 valuation. Final approval is set for the board’s meeting in August.

General fund expenditures increased by $11,924,681 from this last school year, reflecting a projected enrollment increase of 1,092 students.

Most of the general fund budget is for personnel – salaries and benefits.

This year’s plan includes two newly created positions.

Jamie Farber

The board named Northwest High School’s lead counselor, Jamie Farber, the district’s director of counseling.

In the new role, Farber will direct, implement, supervise and evaluate all aspects of the districtwide counseling programs and related services.

“I am thrilled to welcome Jamie Farber in this new role and look forward to seeing her perform in this new capacity,” Rue said. “She is talented, dedicated and focused on serving our students, families, staff and communities.”

Farber has 19 years of experience in education. She has served as a counselor at NHS since 2007.

Before joining NISD, she was a counselor and teacher at Arlington ISD.

She earned a master’s degree in education from the University of North Texas and a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Texas at Arlington.

Farber was recognized as a semi-finalist for the American School Counselor of the Year this year; the Texas School Counselor Association Secondary/High School Counselor of the Year in 2012; and Educator of the Year for Communities in Schools of North Texas in 2012.

She is a member of the American Schoool Counselor Association, Texas Counseling Association and the Texas School Counselor Association.

She will begin her new duties in July.

“I am honored to fulfill the new role of director of counseling for Northwest ISD,” Farber said. “I am grateful for the opportunity to work with amazing counselors throughout the district and to be able to serve all of our students, campuses and communities.”

Kyle Seipp

The board also hired Kyle Seipp as its director of college and career readiness.

Seipp taught math and coached at Northwest High School from 2005 to 2010 before taking a job with the University of Texas in Austin at the Institute of Public School Initiatives.

At the institute, he worked with school districts to “achieve college readiness goals and instill fidelity of implementation of the design principles of early college high school while building capacity and enhancing productivity.”

In his new position, Seipp will oversee the development, implementation, assessment and continuous improvement of programs aimed at increasing student access to post-secondary education and employment opportunities.

“I am beyond excited to return to the best team in the nation,” Seipp said. “I look forward to enhancing opportunities for the students at NISD. Northwest made it possible for me to be able to excel in my position at the university, and I am excited to be back.”

Seipp earned a bachelor’s degree in math from Texas State University and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Lamar University.

He also has principal and superintendent certificates.

Like Farber, he will start in July.

“Mr. Seipp brings his exceptional educational leadership to Northwest ISD,” Rue said. “We are excited to have him re-join the NISD team to serve the students as they prepare for their future.”

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