Parents remain positive about the Northwest school district, according to a survey presented to the district’s school board at its April 8 regular meeting.Suhail Farooqui, chief executive of K12 Insight, which administered, collected and analyzed the survey, said that respondents had a highly favorable opinion of the district and that the findings across the board were either on par with or slightly less favorable than a similar survey done in 2010.Most of the slight dips in favorability were simply attributable to the district reaching an expected plateau with its excellent ratings, he said.According to the survey, which parents responded to online or in paper form during the month of February, the district’s students remain excited to go to school and parents feel that the campuses are safe.One challenge the district has, Farooqui said, is making sure parents new to the district are kept up to speed on what’s going on in the district and at their child’s campus. Fewer new parents responded to the survey than in the past, he said.“Parents new to the district are less familiar with how the central office supports individual schools,” Farooqui said.Trustees also heard a report from district energy manager Charles Ashby that indicates the district has saved $2.7 million in utility costs since the district’s energy program was implemented in 2008. Those savings came despite Northwest opening eight new campuses, including Byron Nelson High School, during that time.“That’s helping keep the focus on our classrooms,” said Josh Wright, board vice president.Also at the meeting, trustees approved a health/dental plan for the 2013-14 school year that slightly raises annual premiums for district employees. But employees would receive a discount if they agree to participate in a yearly personal health assessment.Premium increases would range from $4 to $20 per month depending on the employees plan. The total price increase would only be about 5 percent if employees participate in the health assessment. Employees’ health assessment information will be kept private and will not be used as a basis for discontinuing an employee’s coverage, district officials said.