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Northwest school bond election overwhelmingly approved

Voters in the Northwest school district overwhelmingly approved $260 million in bonds to pay for new schools, land and technology upgrades.

The proposition passed with 72.1 percent of the vote, according to complete but unofficial results.

The first school in the bond, an elementary school in far north Fort Worth, is scheduled to open in August 2009. Six more elementary schools and one middle school are planned to be built by 2012.

Bonds will also pay for $17 million in technology upgrades, additional space for orchestra classes in middle schools and land for nine future schools.

The 12,000-student district is expected to double its enrollment in five years and could reach 93,000 students by 2027. Northwest covers 232 square miles, 14 cities and three counties — Tarrant, Denton and Wise.

That growth will allow Northwest to sell bonds without raising taxes, district officials said.Also, Devonna Walker Holland, a banker, beat Joe Montero, a retired teacher, for Place 5 on the school board.

In Place 7, Mel Fuller, an education consultant, beat Trophy Club resident Brent Stephens.School board president Davis Palmer, who ran unopposed, was re-elected to Place 6.