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Amendment Approved by DWEIC

posted Apr 30, 2019, 11:10 AM by Sharon McKinney   [ updated Apr 30, 2019, 11:21 AM ]

DWEIC met on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 and voted to approve the amendment to the District of Innovation plan as presented and to forward it to the school board for approval. The amendment must be posted on the school website for 30 days and then can be voted on by the board. It is being posted today, 4-30-2019, and will be on the agenda for the June 2019 regular school board meeting.

The addition approved by DWEIC is on the last two pages and highlighted in yellow. Nothing else in the document is changing.

Committee Reviews Innovation Plan

posted Feb 20, 2019, 7:51 PM by Sharon McKinney

The District of Innovation committee reviewed the plan at a meeting on 02-20-2019. Superintendent McKinney brought a recommendation to add an exemption to TEC 37.105 to the plan. The committee will meet again on April 24th to discuss and vote on adding the exemption.

Citation Added to Plan

posted May 17, 2017, 3:31 PM by Sharon McKinney   [ updated May 17, 2017, 3:31 PM ]

A citation referencing the Texas Education Code was made on page 6 under "Teacher Appraisal System". This is the only edit made to the plan adopted in March. 

The link to the plan with the additional reference can be found at this link:

Innovation Plan Adopted by School Board March 8, 2017

posted Mar 10, 2017, 12:39 PM by Sharon McKinney   [ updated Mar 10, 2017, 12:39 PM ]

The Innovation Plan was adopted by the PAISD school board at their regular meeting on March 8, 2017. The plan expires on June 30, 2021 but can be amended via the same process that it was adopted. 


The administrative team will begin the process of updating policies and procedures as necessary.

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   [ updated Mar 10, 2017, 2:09 PM ]

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, 2017 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).

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