District of Innovation

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District of Innovation

The Leander ISD Board of Trustees adopted the proposed plan to become a District of Innovation for the sole purpose of allowing LISD flexibility with the school year calendar at the Feb. 15 Board meeting.

The plan was developed by teachers and instructional staff from throughout LISD, along with parents, students and community representatives. 

For future consideration of the district's Innovation Plan, LISD's intent will always be to follow the same process as the adoption for District of Innovation. The LISD Board demonstrated that intent through the motion from the Dec. 7 meeting directing the innovation committee and the language in the innovation plan. In approving District of Innovation, they also included language in the motion to further state their intent to follow the same process.

Innovation Plan | Innovation Plan Process | Informational Video 

A timeline for becoming a District of Innovation is:

    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 was held on the Innovation Plan from 5-6:30 p.m. at LEO Center Conference Room, 300 S. West Drive, Leander. Sign up for Public Comment took place from 4:30-5:15 p.m. | Agenda

    Feb. 12, 2018 – The Public Review window for District of Innovation is now complete. The feedback submitted will be shared with the Board of Trustees.

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

    Feb. 15, 2018 – Board of Trustees adopted the Innovation Plan via a 6-0 vote with the following motion by a LISD Trustee: "I move the Board approve the LISD Innovation Plan as presented and specifically state that the District make no changes to this Innovation Plan without restarting the entire approval process, which includes a Board resolution, public hearing and a 30 day period of public comment."