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Final Draft of Plan January 18, 2017

posted Jan 27, 2017, 11:15 AM by Sharon McKinney   [ updated Jan 27, 2017, 12:58 PM ]

The committee met on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 and discussed the plan. The committee unanimously to recommend the plan to the board of trustees for adoption.


TEA is being notified today, January 27, 2017 that PAISD intends to adopt an Innovation Plan.

The plan is on the agenda for the March 8, 2017 PAISD Regular Board Meeting.

Revised Timeline December 8, 2016

posted Dec 8, 2016, 2:43 PM by Sharon McKinney

After participating in the TASB webinar, Superintendent McKinney contacted Joy Baskin, TASB Director of Legal Services at TASB regarding some questions about the process. With the information gathered the past two weeks, it is necessary to revise the timeline to ensure that we follow the process but also take time to ensure that our Innovation Plan truly meets the goals of our district.

The revised timeline is as follows:

DISTRICT OF INNOVATION TIMELINE (updated 12-8-2016)


November 9, 2016

Board takes action to adopt Resolution to seek District of Innovation status. Public hearing held to explain and discuss possibility. Board appoints Innovation committee.

November 16, 2016

Innovation committee meets to discuss plan.

By December 8, 2016

Innovation committee holds public meeting and votes to approve plan by this date.

Plan posted on PAISD website.

December 14, 2016

Board takes action to notify TEA of its intention to vote on the proposed plan.

December 14, 2016

Board takes action to authorize Superintendent to notify TEA at the appropriate time of their intention to adopt an Innovation Plan.

January 11, 2017

Board votes on final plan (⅔ vote required)

January 18, 2017

Work on draft of plan. (This is a regularly scheduled DWEIC meeting)

Determine if future meetings are necessary.

By February 8, 2017

Post final draft of plan on PAISD website. Superintendent notifies TEA of intent to adopt Innovation Plan.

March 8, 2017

Board agenda - consider/take possible action to approve Innovation Plan.


The DWEIC/Innovation Committee will meet on January 18, 2016 at 3:30pm in the PAISD Administration Building Board Room. All meetings are open to the public.

TASB Webinar Part One December 6, 2016

posted Dec 6, 2016, 11:34 AM by Sharon McKinney   [ updated Dec 6, 2016, 11:35 AM ]

The PAISD Administrative Team participated in a webinar today presented by TASB (Texas Association of School Boards) Risk Management Division. The webinar was informative in helping us understand the process and it also gave us pointers for success.

"For years, Texas school board members and administrators have complained about the ever-increasing number of state mandates and prescriptive laws and bemoaned the continual erosion of local control. Now there is a realistic process for districts to do something about this. Take advantage, investigate the possibilities and potential of becoming a district of innovation"- Jim Crow, Executive Director, TASB

Texas Education Code

posted Dec 6, 2016, 11:27 AM by Sharon McKinney   [ updated Dec 6, 2016, 11:27 AM ]

Click here to read the Texas Education Code that describes the District of Innovation.

South Jetty Article December 1, 2016

posted Dec 6, 2016, 11:24 AM by Sharon McKinney   [ updated Dec 6, 2016, 11:24 AM ]

The December 1, 2016 edition of the Port Aransas South Jetty has an article about the District of Innovation process. Click here to read the article on www.portasouthjetty.com (a subscription is required).

Innovation Committee Meeting November 16, 2016

posted Nov 16, 2016, 6:37 PM by Sharon McKinney   [ updated Nov 16, 2016, 6:40 PM ]

The Innovation Committee met today, November 16, 2016, from 3:30 until 4:40pm in the PAHS Library. The agenda is posted below.

Superintendent McKinney gave an overview of the process using the FAQ published by the Texas Association of School Boards: https://www.tasb.org/Services/Legal-Services/TASB-School-Law-eSource/Governance/Districts-of-Innovation.aspx

The committee split into three groups. Each group reviewed four innovation plans adopted by Texas public school districts (a total of 12 plans were reviewed). During the review, the groups discussed the exemptions that the districts adopted and how that exemption might benefit Port Aransas ISD. After the small groups finished their reviews, each group reported their findings to the entire committee.

Next steps are to consult with school attorneys, TASB, and administrators from other school districts regarding the exemptions that PAISD may choose to adopt to determine any negative impact on the district (such as funding, accountability, etc.).

The notes from today's meeting are being compiled and will be posted on this website soon.

Innovation Committee Created November 9, 2016

posted Nov 14, 2016, 11:59 AM by Sharon McKinney   [ updated Nov 18, 2016, 1:13 PM ]

After the public hearing, the Superintendent recommended that the board appoint the DWEIC members to serve as the Innovation Committee. The motion was made and approved by the board.

The committee members are: Ashley Bepko, Christina Hofhiens, Marsha Burkett, Dalton Flowers, Deena Mooney, Danny Welch, Ed Wiatt, Frank Morgan, Glenys Kucera, Amanda Tipps, Rebecca Peterson, Rodrigo Salinas, Carol Sue Hipp, Gina McKeever, Scott McNeely, James Garrett, & Sharon McKinney.

The committee will meet on Wednesday, November 16th at 3:30 pm in the PAISD Administration Building Board Room to begin working on the Innovation Plan. This is an open meeting and members of the public are welcome to attend.

Public Hearing Held November 9, 2016

posted Nov 14, 2016, 11:49 AM by Sharon McKinney   [ updated Nov 14, 2016, 11:50 AM ]

After the PAISD Board of Trustees adopted a resolution to initiate the process to become a District of Innovation, a public hearing was held. Superintendent McKinney gave an overview of the process and what the designation would mean. Information from an FAQ published by TASB (Texas Association of School Boards) was reviewed. The FAQ can be accessed at the following website: https://www.tasb.org/Services/Legal-Services/TASB-School-Law-eSource/Governance/Districts-of-Innovation.aspx.

Board Resolution November 9, 2016

posted Nov 14, 2016, 11:39 AM by Sharon McKinney   [ updated Nov 14, 2016, 11:42 AM ]

At the regular board meeting held on November 9, 2016, the Board of Trustees adopted a "Resolution to Initiate the Process of Designation as a District of Innovation" by a 6-0 vote (one board member was absent). A copy of the signed resolution is available below.

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