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Northeast Times | August 14, 2022

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NISD: Community elects DeAnne Hatfield to fill vacant board seat

NISD: Community elects DeAnne Hatfield to fill vacant board seat

During a special election, the Northwest ISD community elected DeAnne Hatfield of Justin to fill the currently vacant seat on the Board of Trustees, according to tentative results.

The Place 1 seat was previously held by Josh Wright, who resigned from the school board earlier this year because of work commitment requiring regular time out of town during scheduled board meetings. In addition to Mrs. Hatfield, the following candidates were on the May 4 ballot for Place 1: Marty Baylor of Fort Worth, Peter Dewing of Northlake and Torie Stephens-Bonty of Trophy Club.

Votes will be canvased on Monday, May 13, and the officially elected board member will be sworn in at the school board meeting on the same date.

The seven-member Northwest ISD Board of Trustees is responsible for establishing policies of the district and for ensuring its financial viability. Trustees employ the superintendent, approve the budget, monitor expenditures, set the tax rate and call bond elections. Each member is elected to a three-year term of office. On a 2-2-3 rotating basis, all board members are elected at-large. Trustees provide service to the Northwest ISD communities without financial compensation.

At 234 square miles, Northwest ISD is one of the largest school districts in the area and spans three counties (Tarrant, Denton and Wise) and 14 municipalities. Northwest ISD operates 28 campuses and has more than 24,000 students. As a fast-growth district, Northwest ISD is expected to grow to serve an annual enrollment of more than 34,000 students within the next 10 years. The district’s growth is a result of several factors: the size of the school district; the number of active housing developments; and the attractive housing, retail and business industry in the immediate area.