Innovation Plan Process

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District of Innovation History
The 84th Legislative Session passed House Bill 1842 amending Chapter 12 of the Texas Education Code (TEC) by adding Chapter 12A entitled “Districts of Innovation”. Districts of Innovation (DOI) provided traditional school systems flexibilities from some specific mandates, thus expanding opportunities for local control.

LISD Innovation Committee
The Leander Independent School District Board of Trustees adopted a resolution to study the Districts of Innovation process on November 16, 2017. On December 7, 2017 the Board of Trustees unanimously approved a motion to form an Innovation Committee from the Districtwide Educational Improvement Council (DWEIC). In the same motion, the Board of Trustees outlined the parameters for the Innovation Committee, specifying that the only flexibility the district will seek is the start date of the academic school year. Currently, per TEC 25.0811, a district may not start instruction prior to the fourth Monday in August.

The Innovation Committee was formed on December 12, 2017 and is comprised of the Chief of Staff and fourteen members of the Districtwide Education Improvement Council (DWEIC). The fourteen members from DWEIC were randomly selected from volunteers to fill seven staff vacancies and seven parent/community member vacancies.

LISD Innovation Committee Members
Matt Smith, Chief of Staff
Angela Haas, Wiley Middle School
Jessy Hanshaw, Running Brushy Middle School
Monette McIver, Community Representative
David Morgan, Parent Representative
Amber Patrick, Reagan Elementary
Catherine Robinson, Steiner Ranch Elementary
Amber Ryder, Parent Representative
Chris Simpson, Leander High School
John Tomaszewski, Parent Representative
Susan Whisenant, Parent Representative
James Williams, Community Representative
Amanda Willim, Reed Elementary
Sylvia Wood, Rouse High School
Mei Xu, Parent Representative

​LISD District of Innovation Timeline

    Nov. 16, 2017 – The LISD Board of Trustees approved a resolution to initiate the Districts of Innovation process in LISD.

    Dec. 7, 2017 – The Board of Trustees held a public hearing on Districts of Innovation and directed an Innovation Committee to study and develop a LISD Innovation Plan.

    Dec. 12, 2017 – The Districtwide Educational Improvement Council (DWEIC) convened to hold a random drawing from the DWEIC volunteers for seven LISD staff representatives and seven Non-LISD staff representatives to serve with the LISD Chief of Staff on the Innovation Committee.

    Dec. 18, 2017 – Two additional volunteers from the DWEIC parent/community group were selected through a random drawing to fill the final open positions on the Innovation Committee.

    Dec. 19, 2017 – The Innovation Committee met to study and craft a LISD Innovation Plan based on the Board of Trustee parameters.

    Jan. 9, 2018 – The Innovation Committee met a second time to continue the development of a LISD Innovation Plan.

    Jan. 11, 2018 – The LISD Innovation Plan was presented to the Districtwide Educational Improvement Council (DWEIC).

    Jan. 12, 2018The Innovation Plan is posted on the LISD website.

    Feb. 8, 2018 – A Public Meeting will be held on the Innovation Plan.

    Feb. 12, 2018 – The Commissioner of Education will be notified of LISD's intent to vote on the adoption of the Innovation Plan.

    Feb. 15, 2018 – Board of Trustees will vote on the adoption of the Innovation Plan.

* Items in italics are future action.