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HB 1842 provides FISD with the opportunity to design a strategic plan
according to the needs and resources of our district while maximizing local control.

Intro

The District of Innovation concept was passed into law by the 84th Legislative Session in House Bill 1842, which created Texas Education Code chapter 12A. To access these flexibilities, a school district must adopt an innovation plan, as set forth in Chapter 12A and their most recent academic performance rating must be at least acceptable.

A local school district may want to pursue specific innovations in curriculum, instruction, governance, parent or community involvement, school calendar, budgeting or other ideas. An innovation plan also allows a school district to gain exemption from many Texas Education Code requirements. Essentially, innovation plans will be about local control. Community members should note that each innovation plan will be unique to the local school district and no two plans may look the same.

A District of Innovation may adopt a plan that includes exemptions from most of the same state laws that are not applicable to open enrollment school districts.
These laws could include:
• Site-based decision making processes (to the extent required by state law)
• Uniform school start date
• Minimum minutes of instruction
• Class size ratio
• The 90 percent attendance rule (but compulsory attendance still applies)
• Student discipline provisions (with some key exceptions, like the requirement to have a code of conduct and restrictions on restraint and seclusion)
• Teacher certification (except as required by federal law)
• Teacher contracts
• Teacher benefits, including state minimum salary schedule, duty-free lunch, and planning periods
• Teacher appraisal system

the PLAN

the Process
9/12/16 FISD Board to consider to Adopt a Resolution
10/10/16 Public Hearing
Board adopts a resolution to study becoming a District of Innovation and appoint a committee.
10/12/16 – 1st Committee Meeting
10/27/16 – 2nd Committee Meeting
11/9/16 – 3rd Committee Meeting
12/7/16 – 4th Committee Meeting
1/4/17 – 5th Committee Meeting
1/4/17 – DOI Proposed Plan
1/5/17 – Final Proposed Plan Posted
1/10/17 – Intent to adopt to Commissioner
1/19/17 – FEIC / DOI Public meeting
2/13/17 – Present to Board for approval

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For questions about the Distict of Innovation visit:
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DOI Team

1. Trish Hanks
2. Thad Roher
3. Lynn Hobratschk

4. Diane Myers
5. Mark Griffon
6. Dana Drew
7. JT Patton
8. Barry Clifford
9. Kristen Moffitt
10. Nelda Guerra
11. Stacy Daugherty
12. Albert Cipolla
13. Andrea Niles
14. Annetta Dinjar
15. Barsa Harclerode
16. Delaney Lyon
17. Diane Jones
18. Donna Stokes
19. Emily Ford
20. Jann Davies

 


Superintendent
Deputy Superintendent 
Asst. Superintendent
Asst. Superintendent
Principal
Principal
Principal
Principal
Principal
Principal
Director of Testing
Community
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Asst. Principal
Community
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Community
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Teacher

 

 


21. Jenny Wiest
22. Karen Hillier
23. Kim Cole
24. Kristen Westerfield
25. Kristi Carpenter
26. Kristin Hamon
27. Kristin James
28. Lauren Durso
29. Lauren Malone
30. Marinne Harner
31. Mary Beth Hillenburg
32. Mary Guynes
33. Nicholle Sutton
34. Nicole Ferro
35. Shawna Lewis
36. Tammy Lewis
37. Tawni Slaughter
38. Connie Morgenroth
39. Leah Tunnell
40. Dayna Owen
41. Susan Kirkpatrick


Community
Teacher
Asst. Principal
Community
Community
Community
Community
Community
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Teacher
Community
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Community
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CFO
Human Resource Director
Communication
STEM Director