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District of Innovation

Center Point Independent School District

Local Innovation Plan

April 10, 2017

Local Innovation Committee Members:

 

 

Name                                                                           Role

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

I. INTRODUCTION

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.

II. TERM

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

  1. Provide diverse academic opportunities for all students:
    1. Vocational
    2. College workforce prep (Dual Credit when possible)
    3. Accelerated learning
  2. Continue with professional development and look for enhancements. Look for opportunities to diversify teaching staff.
  3. Educating the community about school district activities, operations and events.
  4. Continue to stay ahead of technology trends and requirements by providing students and staff with technology tools to be successful.

 

 

B. Vision

Our Students:

  • 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

C. Mission

"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

D. Innovations

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.