Northwest School Board to consider OLC project

By Messenger Staff | Published Saturday, June 7, 2014
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Work should soon begin on Northwest ISD’s outdoor classroom.

At its meeting Monday, the board will consider using the construction manager at-risk delivery method to administer planned improvements to the district’s Outdoor Learning Center.

In the 2012 capital bond program, the district allotted $10,000 for projects at the OLC.

The center is a 195-tract, formerly known as Texas Lil’s Dude Ranch, just outside Justin. It is used to create hands-on learning experiences for students, giving them opportunities to study water sources, erosion, wildlife, soil and grasses in a natural setting.

There is also an emptied pool-turned-archaelogical dig, flowers and shrubs planted by students and a pond-study station.

During the meeting, the board will also consider seeking requests for proposals for a real estate broker.

District officials believe the resurgence of housing developments within NISD warrants the need for such services. The broker would pursue school sites as directed by the district and would assist in negotiating, feasibility studies and the closing process.

The board will also:

  • review changes, reflecting the 3-percent pay raise approved at the last meeting, to the employee compensation handbook.
  • evaluate accepting gifts to the district in the form of bequests of money and property.
  • consider a memorandum of understanding with Communities in Schools of North Texas for the Back To School Fair.
  • hear reports from the school health advisory council and the employee wellness center.
  • discuss board policy updates, as outlined by the state.
  • consider extending contracts with Smith and Associates as the district’s employee benefit consultant; Bene-Marc for student insurance; O’Donnell’s Landscape Services for the district’s lawns and athletic fields; and Durham School Services for student transportation.

The meeting, which begins with a closed session at 6 p.m., will be held in the Northwest ISD Board Room, 2001 Texan Drive in Fort Worth. It is open to the public.

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