District of Innovation
Center Point Independent School District
Local Innovation Plan
April 10, 2017
Local Innovation Committee Members:
Cody Newcomb Superintendent
Casey Johnson Executive Director of Student Services
Kim Bolin Director of Special Education
Keith Mills Secondary Principal
Jennifer George Elementary Principal
Beverly Newcomb District Counselor
Joni Wiseman Elementary Teacher
Carrie McCulloch Elementary Teacher
Steve Schreckenbach Elementary Teacher
Teresa Caronna Elementary Teacher
Anna Chapa Elementary Teacher
Noel Clark Elementary Teacher
Gloria Moreno Elementary Teacher
Kacie Hamilton Secondary Teacher
Rhonda Ruesch Secondary Teacher
Lindsey Austin Secondary Teacher
Sara Cotton Secondary Teacher
Maria Vargas Secondary Teacher
Suzanne Wickel Secondary Teacher
Karen Blackledge Secondary Teacher
Caitlin Gayle Secondary Teacher
Lance Whittle Secondary Teacher
Guy Walters Secondary Teacher
Shawn Cabiness Parent Representative
Britny Williams Parent Representative
Jonathan Park Community Representative
Marsha Burney Community Representative
Marie Rhodes Business Representative
House Bill 1842, passed during the 84th Legislative Session, permits Texas public school districts to become Districts of Innovation and to obtain exemption from certain provisions of the Texas Education Code. On February 23, 2017, the Center Point Independent School District's Board of Trustees (“Board”) passed a Resolution to Initiate the Process of Designation as a District of Innovation in order to increase local control over District operations and to support innovation and local initiatives to improve educational outcomes for the benefit of students and the community.
On March 22, 2017, the Board appointed a local District of Innovation Committee comprised of various stakeholders. The Committee met on April 5, 2017, to discuss and draft this Local Innovation Plan ("Plan"). The Committee sought and considered input on the Plan through the District Site Base Committee.
The term of the Plan is for five years, beginning May, 2017 and ending at the end of May, 2022, unless terminated or amended earlier by the Board of Trustees in accordance with the law. The Committee will continually monitor the effectiveness of the Plan and recommend to the Board any suggested modifications to the Plan.
III. A COMPREHENSIVE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM
The Plan's comprehensive educational program is guided by and aligned with the District Goals, District Vision & District Mission.
A. District Goals
- Provide diverse academic opportunities for all students:
- College workforce prep (Dual Credit when possible)
- Accelerated learning
- Continue with professional development and look for enhancements. Look for opportunities to diversify teaching staff.
- Educating the community about school district activities, operations and events.
- Continue to stay ahead of technology trends and requirements by providing students and staff with technology tools to be successful.
- Are prepared to reach their full potential in the real world
- Are challenged and empowered by critical thinking exercises
- Are successful in academic and extracurricular activities
- Exhibit high levels of life skills
- Understand the importance of education
Our Learning Environment provides
- Adequate funding that supports students and family involvement
- Up-to-date technology that is available to all students and staff
- The community with information regarding their public education system
- A safe climate that is conducive to achievement
- An environment designed to attract and retain highly qualified teachers and staff
- Our students with teachers who exhibit solid classroom management techniques
Our community and district provides
- State-of-the art facilities and technology
- An aligned curriculum at all levels
- Opportunities to form partnerships with the school
- Support to foster pride in our students
- Positive support to students, faculty, and staff
"The mission of the Center Point Independent School District is to provide excellence in education for every student. With a dedicated, caring staff, we seek to foster a safe, positive, and creative atmosphere. In this environment, students will be empowered with the critical-thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making skills necessary to succeed in a complex, global, multi-cultural society
Exemptions from the following:
Texas Education Code 25.0811 - FIRST DAY OF INSTRUCTION. (a) Except as provided by this section, a school district may not begin instruction for students for a school year before the fourth Monday in August. A school district may:
(1) begin instruction for students for a school year before the fourth Monday in August if the district operates a year-round system under Section 25.084; or
(2) begin instruction for students for a school year on or after the first Monday in August at a campus or at not more than 20 percent of the campuses in the district if:
(A) the district has a student enrollment of 190,000 or more;
(B) the district at the beginning of the school year provides, financed with local funds, days of instruction for students at the campus or at each of the multiple campuses, in addition to the minimum number of days of instruction required under Section 25.081;
(C) the campus or each of the multiple campuses are undergoing comprehensive reform, as determined by the board of trustees of the district; and
(D) a majority of the students at the campus or at each of the multiple campuses are educationally disadvantaged.
(b) Notwithstanding Subsection (a), a school district that does not offer each grade level from kindergarten through grade 12 and whose prospective or former students generally attend school in another state for the grade levels the district does not offer may start school on any date permitted under Subsection (a) or the law of the other state.
Texas Education Code 25.8012 - LAST DAY OF SCHOOL. (a) Except as provided by Subsection (b), a school district may not schedule the last day of school for students for a school year before May 15.
(b) Notwithstanding Subsection (a), a school district that does not offer each grade level from kindergarten through grade 12 and whose prospective or former students generally attend school in another state for the grade levels the district does not offer may schedule the last day of school on any date permitted under Subsection (a) or the law of the other state.
Center Point ISD DOI Plan
Center Point ISD requests the freedom to develop a calendar that better fits the needs of the community if the committee so chooses. Flexibility in this area would allow the District Committee to balance the first and second semesters and provide more instructional days prior to state testing.