District of Innovation

The 84th Texas Legislature passed House Bill 1842 in 2015. The statute provides each public school district the opportunity to be designated as a District of Innovation. By following a prescribed process for public input and committee planning, followed by website posting, Board action and TEA notification, a district may identify certain state statutes from which it wishes to be exempt. The intent of the Texas Legislature was to provide for greater local control and flexibility, as local districts plan for their particular students and needs. A district may not exempt itself from state curriculum or graduation requirements, or from academic and financial accountability.
On October 17, 2016 the Navarro ISD Board of Trustees adopted a Resolution to Initiate Consideration of Becoming a District of Innovation. The Resolution affirmed that the district has an Acceptable performance rating, as required by law.
On January 23, 2017 the Navarro ISD Board of Trustees held a public hearing, inviting members of the public to comment on the Resolution.
Also on January 23, 2017, after the public hearing, the Board of Trustees voted to appoint a committee to develop a District of Innovation Plan for the Board’s consideration.
The planning committee met on February 20, 2017 and March 8, 2017. At the March meeting committee members considered areas of innovation that they agreed would be a benefit to the district, and outlined a rationale for each area.
The District Improvement Team will meet on April 12 to discuss and vote on the proposals. If approved, district faculty will have an opportunity to offer comment at a meeting on Monday, April 17.
At the Regular Board Meeting of April 17, the Board of Trustees will discuss the proposed plan, after which TEA will be notified and the proposed plan will be posted on the NISD website for 30 days. Final action may be taken by the Board on May 22, 2017.
If the Plan is approved on May 22, TEA and TASB will be notified on May 23. TASB will prepare adjustments to local policy as needed.
Committee Representing community, parents, faculty and administrative staff:
Karl Boysen Dee Carter
Alissa Elley Betsy Flood
John Gary Lacey Gosch
Gary Haass DeeDee Jones
Crystal Just Libby Lanford
Luke Morales Kim Schlichting
Robyn Steffen Kacy Zaleski
The committee believes that Navarro ISD will be able
to offer a more effective, comprehensive educational program
by implementing the following exemptions:
1. Flexible Start Date
2. Teacher Certification for Dual Credit and Career and Technical Education
3. Class Size and Notice of Class Size, Grades Kindergarten through Four
4. Contract Service Days for 10-Month Educators
5. Minutes of Instruction and Length of the School Day
6. Planning and Decision Making Process—Campus and District Levels