In the summer of 2015, the 84th Texas Legislature passed HB 1842, allowing public school districts to become Districts of Innovation and to gain exemption from certain provisions of the Texas Education Code. On Monday, April 18, 2016, the Manor ISD Board of Trustees unanimously passed a resolution to consider developing a Local Innovation Plan (LIP). At that time, the main driver for pursuing such a designation was to modify the school calendar so that all staff could engage in targeted professional development throughout the school year. When new Superintendent Dr. Royce Avery joined the district on June 2nd, however, his vision for the future of Manor ISD encouraged the expansion of the LIP into additional areas. The plan that follows was developed to support innovation and initiatives that benefit students, staff, parents, and the broader community.
On June 20, 2016, a Public Hearing was held during the regularly scheduled MISD board meeting to consider whether or not Manor ISD should develop a plan for designation as a District of Innovation. With the support of the Board and Superintendent, a 28-member Local Innovation Committee was formed, drawing on stakeholders from across the district and community. The Committee met on June 24, 27, and 30 to discuss the components of this LIP and sought input from the Board throughout the process. The draft plan was posted online with the option for stakeholders to provide input for 30 days; the commissioner was notified; and then on August 15 the District's Advisory Team and the Board of Trustees approved the plan.
Under HB 1842, District of Innovation designations and their associated Local Innovation Plans are valid for five years. However, the Committee will continue to meet over the course of that time period and recommend suggested modifications to the LIP to be adopted by the Board.