August 26, 2015
Dear Navarro ISD Parents and Community Members:
Welcome to a fresh new school year! We have begun this year with 1814 students, as compared to 1743
when we closed in May. Our classrooms are full!
Looking at enrollment growth over the last several years, and considering the recommendations of the
facilities committees, the Board has decided to ask the community to vote on a bond issue on November
3rd, which would fund several major projects. If approved, the $21 million bond would provide for:
- A new Intermediate School (grades 4-6) to be built on 16 acres owned by the district next to the Elementary school;
- Eight additional classrooms to be added to the Elementary School for Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten and Special Needs;
- Expansion and renovation of the High School Band Hall;
- Renovation of two science labs at the Junior High, and the conversion of a computer lab to a third
- science lab
- Demolition of the existing main Intermediate School building, to be replaced with parking.
We will be holding several informational meetings over the next few months so that you can make an
informed decision when you vote. Dates will be posted on the website.
The district and all of our campuses Met Standard under the Texas accountability system. The High
School earned one Distinction Designation, the Junior High earned one as well, and the Elementary
School earned two. As we compare our district to others around the state, we are proud of our
students’ academic performance. Our student body is diverse in terms of ethnicity and family income,
but united by high expectations for achievement and citizenship.
I hope that you will explore our website and follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Teachers post the Year
at a Glance overview of the curriculum and their weekly lesson plans on their webpages; a full calendar
of events is there, including the athletic and band schedules; and you will also find detailed academic
and financial information. The district has earned the “Platinum” State Comptroller’s Leadership Circle
designation for financial transparency, due to the thoroughness of our web postings. Parents are
encouraged to keep up with their children’s grades through TxConnect, and they may sign up to receive
important messages through K12 Alerts. You can even monitor what your child eats through Lunch
Money Now, as well as paying online.
We are blessed to have tremendous support from parents and community members. We have an active
School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) that always welcomes new members, and a Foundation that
raises funds to provide for teacher grants for special activities, teaching materials, and equipment. Many
parents participate in campus activities such as PTO, Project Graduation, and the Athletic, Band, and Ag.
Booster Clubs. The Panther Posse sponsors an annual golf tournament that raises funds to support all of
the athletic programs.
This is truly a community that values its schools and prizes high quality education for all of its students. I
am proud to be part of it.