Northwest ISD approves $980 million bond referendum for May 2 election

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The Northwest ISD Board of Trustees unanimously approved Feb. 10 a bond referendum that would add new schools, replace some existing schools and expand other schools. (Courtesy Fotolia)

The Northwest ISD Board of Trustees unanimously approved Feb. 10 a bond referendum that would add new schools, replace some existing schools and expand other schools. (Courtesy Fotolia)

Northwest ISD is asking voters to approve a number of projects that will help the district meet its long-range planning needs.

The district expects to see an influx of more than 5,000 students in the next five years, and the NISD Board of Trustees unanimously approved Feb. 10 a bond referendum that would add new schools, replace some existing schools and expand other schools with no increase to the district tax rate, according to NISD officials.

For a total of $986.6 million, the May 2020 referendum would include four new schools, renovations and expansions of Northwest High School and Nance Elementary School and elementary classroom additions that would enable full-day pre-kindergarten throughout the district.

Other aspects of the referendum would provide the district new technology and security upgrades. The total cost of the bond package would be spread among four separate bond propositions, officials said, while the current district tax rate of $0.0142 would not change due to increased retail and residential development within NISD boundaries.

“The Long-Range Planning Committee has served as the brains behind our bond projects for two decades, and we appreciate their leadership and community perspective,” NISD Superintendent Ryder Warren said in a district news release. “When they meet to consider district needs, they look at every area of our school district before providing their recommendation for a bond election, and we’re eager for our full community to vote and give their input.”

Details for all four bond propositions are available below.

Proposition A: new schools, school expansions, facility updates and capital improvements

Proposition B: funds for recreational facilities, including middle school tennis courts, football, soccer and baseball fields, as well as high school baseball, softball and tennis courts

Proposition C: updates to Northwest ISD Stadium and Texan Stadium (district track and field complex)

Proposition D: funds to provide technology devices for teachers and students, including a laptop and an iPad for each teacher, Chromebooks for students grades 6-12, class sets of Chromebooks for grades 3-5 and shared Chromebooks for grades K-2


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