Northwest ISD approves plan to move about 500 students as the district faces growth and overcrowding in schools

dfwnewsa | January 10, 2024 | 0 | Fort Worth , Fort Worth News

Northwest ISD approves plan to move about 500 students as the district faces growth and overcrowding in schools

Northwest ISD, which expects more than 6,300 students in the next five years, is shifting school attendance boundaries. About 500 district elementary students will be forced to change schools next year. (Matthew Sgroi | Fort Worth Report)
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When Northwest ISD learned schools would be overcrowded as soon as next year, the district began finding ways to accommodate the influx. 

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Perrin Elementary, scheduled to be completed for the 2024-25 school year, will help ease the burden. Without it, Clara Love Elementary, Hatfield Elementary and Justin Elementary would all be over capacity beginning next year, according to Zonda Demographics.

During a Jan. 8 board meeting, Northwest ISD trustees approved new attendance boundaries for the 2024-25 school year, moving 350 students from Clara Love to Perrin, and shifting Justin and Hatfield students around the district to balance enrollment among the four schools.

This map shows part of Northwest ISD’s attendance boundaries for the 2023-24 school year. (Courtesy | Northwest ISD)

This map shows part of Northwest ISD’s attendance boundaries for the 2024-25 school year. (Courtesy | Northwest ISD)

“We all know we’re growing,” Tim McClure, the district’s assistant superintendent for facilities, said to the board. “So, how do we balance that?”

Redrawing district boundaries is one way to do so, he said. 

Without the construction of Perrin Elementary, and without the redrawing of district boundaries, Clara Love would be 500 students over capacity by 2027.

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