The Northwest school board at its Dec. 16 meeting (moved from Dec. 9 due to weather) was scheduled to discuss and potentially act on proposed attendance boundaries for the new Eaton High School, which is set to open in August 2015 in Roanoke. The meeting occurred after press time.
According to a staff memo addressed to the school board, the eastern boundary for Eaton would be Interstate 35W. The western and southern boundaries would be the district boundary. And the northern limits would be the Tarrant county line, plus the Sendera Ranch area in Denton County. Under this proposal, all of Sendera Ranch would be in the Eaton Zone.
Enrollment projections indicate that the number of students at both Northwest and Byron Nelson high schools will exceed capacity by the start of the 2015-16 school year without the planned relief from the opening of Eaton, according to the memo.
Eaton would open with about 1,000 freshmen and sophomores and then phase in a full four grades. Last month, school district staffers met with parents from seven elementary schools affected by the proposed boundaries. The audience of 250 “did not appear to have any objections” to the proposed high school boundaries.
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The school board meeting was just one of many events canceled or rescheduled due to weather. A mix of wintry precipitation forced the Northwest school district to cancel classes and all activities on the evening of Dec. 5 and all day Dec. 6 and Dec. 9.
It had been a long while since any winter weather-related closings had happened in the Northwest school district – not since early 2011, said Adam J. Bennett, Northwest's communications associate coordinator.
"There was not one last year," Bennett said via email. "If I remember correctly, the year before last was when the snow/ice storm occurred in February and we were off for four days."