The Northwest ISD board of trustees voted Aug. 8 to ratify the annexation of 18.5 acres needed as part of the new Pike Middle School.

The 18.5 acres is in Fort Worth's extraterritorial jurisdiction and needs to be annexed for the district to receive a building permit from the city, according to a memo as part of NISD’s school board meeting.

The property is located south of the existing middle school on Texan Drive west of Blue Mound Road and south of Hwy. 114, according to the memo. The site is also part of a larger 256-acre district complex that includes Northwest High School, the stadium, the aquatic center, the administration building and other facilities.

The new Pike Middle School will replace the existing school and is due to open in August 2024. The project is still in its planning stages, according to the NISD construction website.

The board also voted Aug. 8 on a guaranteed maximum price of $3.16 million for mechanical and fire alarm equipment at the new school that will be funded through the district’s 2021 capital bond.

The new school, according to NISD’s construction website, will have newer fine arts and athletics formats, and the property design will call for better traffic flow.