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Keller ISD

Superintendent raise

Keller school board members voted unanimously June 27 in favor of a 3 percent raise for Superintendent Randy Reid.

Reid was hired last summer at a base salary of $230,000. The pay increase means Reid will earn close to $237,000. Trustees said they wanted to give Reid the same percentage increase recently approved for all Keller district employees.

Middle school bands

Keller ISD middle school bands took all three Region 2 slots recently to advance from the regional to area competition in the Texas Music Educators Association’s Honor Band competition.

Schools submit a recording of their contest music from the past school year to be judged. The top area bands advance to the state competition. In Class CCC, both Fossil Hill and Indian Springs middle school bands advanced to the area round. Timberview Middle School advanced in Class CC.

Fossil Hill’s band is directed by Darlene Janeski, Marco Gonzales and Kyle Mullins; Indian Springs is under the direction of David Puckett, Chris Sebesta and Jennifer Alcocer and Timberview’s band is directed by Delaina McBride, Bethni Lown and Daniel Boss.

Online athletics registration

Parents and legal guardians of all Keller ISD student athletes entering grades 7-12 are required to submit UIL and district registration forms prior to participating in any athletics programs.

Forms are available on the district website. Forms can also be found for student medical history and physicians’ signature. All athletes are required to get physicals each year.

For more information, go to and look for the “Athletics Registration” tab.

Summer closures

Keller school district offices and campuses are closed July 1-5 for the July 4th holiday. Summer hours resume July 8 with district offices and most campuses closed on Fridays through Aug. 16. Most buildings are open to the public from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Schools hosting summer intervention programs, day care services or camps may have different schedules.

—Sandra Engelland

Northwst ISD

New Foundation director named

David Hester has been named the new Northwest ISD Education Foundation executive director David Hester. Hester has served as a grants and resources specialist at Tarrant County College since June 2012.

Prior to relocating to Texas, Hester was executive director of the Wyoming Lodging and Restaurant Association Education Foundation, where he focused on the education of secondary students. Under his leadership, general funding increased from $25,000 per year to more than $420,000. Hester began his new position June 24.

Going camping

Northwest school district offers a wide variety of summer school and sports camps and enrichment classes during the summer. Elementary students have learned the aspects of musical theater and stage production during the Broadway Bound fine arts camp at Schluter Elementary School.

At the close of the camp, the aspiring actors and actresses performed “Pirate Academy” for their families and friends. After the Fourth of July holiday, more camps are on the horizon. TechnoCamp, scheduled for July 8 through 12 at Sendera Ranch Elementary, offers students the opportunity to challenge their creativity using the Lego Education robotics program.

Students will learn to design, program and control fully-functional Lego models and use software to test and modify sequences of instruction for robotic behaviors.

Enrollment online summer help center

Beginning June 24-July 25, a district representative will be available to assist with Enrollment Online questions at 817-215-0000 on Mondays through Thursdays from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (closed for lunch from noon to 12:30 p.m.).

Computers will be available at the NISD Administration Building (2001 Texan Drive, Justin) or at community libraries for families to use to complete the online registration process. For a listing of community libraries, go to

Steele opens doors to Metroplex

Northwest school district is opening the enrollment for James M. Steele Accelerated High School to students across the Metroplex. Steele provides an avenue for students to accelerate their studies.

Thanks to a partnership with North Texas Community College, students can take expanded dual credit classes. Steele is home to the district’s fifth career academy, The Cosmetology Academy.

Shears of Steele will debut in August, providing a year of state-mandated training for cosmetology students prior to opening for business in 2014. Since opening its doors in 2010, Steele Accelerated High School has seen every graduate either employed, serving in the military or enrolled in college. Applications are due July 24.

For more information or how to submit an application call 817-698-5800.

—Mark Wright

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