• District of Innovation - Renewal for 2022-2027

    Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD is proposing renewing our District of Innovation Plan. Based on our past plan and feedback from our District Planning and Advisory Committee, EMS ISD will present to the Board of Trustees an Intent to Adopt a District of Innovation Renewal Plan. The term of the Plan is for five years, beginning July 1, 2022 and ending June 30, 2027, unless terminated or amended earlier by the Board of Trustees in accordance with the law. If, within the term of this Plan, other areas of operations are to be considered for flexibility as part of HB 1842, the Board will appoint a committee to consider and propose additional exemptions in the form of an amendment. Any amendment adopted by the Board will adhere to the same term as the original plan. The following proposed Texas Education Code Exemptions are:

    1. Educator Certification Required (TEC 21.003) DBA (Exhibit) DBA (Legal) DBA (Local)
      TEC 21.003 states “a person may not be employed as a teacher, teacher intern or teacher trainee, librarian, educational aide, administrator, educational diagnostician, or school counselor by a school district unless the person holds an appropriate certificate or permit issued as provided by Subchapter B.” An exemption from these requirements allows EMS ISD to issue a school district teaching permit to individuals who do not hold a teaching certificate, but whom the district deems best to teach in a particular area. EMS ISD is committed to hiring the best staff available and lists “Develop a systematic approach to aggressively pursue and retain highly qualified personnel and to meet the prioritized staffing needs of the campus and district” as one of its district strategic goals. Occasionally, teachers are needed for positions that are difficult to fill. This exemption relates only to those positions the District identifies as difficult to fill and would be assessed on an individual basis. Staff hired under a school district teaching permit will benefit from the same rights and responsibilities as certified teachers within the district. After the required posting period and candidate interviews, the principal must specify in writing the reason for the request and document what specific credentials (i.e., experiences and expertise) the prospective teacher possesses that would qualify the individual to teach that subject(s). The superintendent must approve the person and the assignment. The District and local campus will assess appropriate training needs for any teacher hired under this exemption. Finally, this is a local certification only and does not transfer to another school district.   EMS ISD District  of  Innovation  plan will  comply  with  the requirements  to  have  a certified  educator in  a bilingual,  English  as  a Second  Language  (ESL),  or special  education  classroom.
    2. Uniform School Calendar-First and Last Day of School (TEC 25.0811) (TEC 25.0812) EB (Legal) EB(Local) 
      Texas Education Code Section 25.0811 states that a school district may not begin instruction before the fourth Monday in August. Texas Education Code Section 25.0812 states that a school district may not schedule the last day of school before May 15. Local control of the instructional calendar affords the District the following advantages:  

    Benefit of Exemption for EMS ISD 

    • Elimination of imbalanced 6 weeks and semester schedules while having the ability to end the first semester prior to the holiday break.  
    • Alignment of calendar with college/university semesters for Dual Credit, Advanced Placement Exams, and STAAR/EOC timelines.  
    • Ensure hour/seat time requirements are met for Certification courses.  
      • The balanced semesters will align with college semesters as well, allowing more opportunities for summer school, internships, and industrial certification opportunities.
    • Starting one week earlier will also accommodate new and innovative educational models such as longer and more effective summer programming. 

    EMS ISD will follow the timeline as required by House Bill (HB) 1842, passed during the 84th Legislative Session, permitting Texas public schools to become Districts of Innovation and to obtain exemptions from certain provisions of the Texas Education Code. 

    V. District of Innovation Timeline

    District of Innovation Timeline   

    May 2021- April 2022

    • April 21, 2021- DPAC will meet to discuss District of Innovation Timeline for June 2022.  
    • April 22, 2021- District Leadership Team will meet to discuss District of Innovation Timeline for June 2022.  
    • June 21, 2021 - Report to the Board the timeline for renewing the District of Innovation  
    • September 29, October 27, 2021 — DPAC Committee will meet and draft a plan to present to the Board of Trustees  
    • November 1-January 14, 2021 — Presentation of DOI plan to all campuses  
    • November 1-January 14, 2021  — EMS ISD District of Innovation Plan will be posted on EMS ISD website for a minimum 30-day period  
    • November 15, 2021 — District of Innovation plan will be presented to the Board. Board President will notify the Commissioner of Education Morath of Intent to Adopt District of Innovation plan report   
    • January 19, 2022 — DPAC will host a public meeting and discuss feedback and suggestions for improvement. Final version approved with a majority vote    
    • January 24, 2022 — EMS ISD District of Innovation Public Hearing will be held  
    • January 24, 2022 — Board of Trustees will take action on the proposed District of Innovation plan with more than a two-thirds majority vote.
    • January 25, 2022 — EMS ISD District of Innovation plan will be filed with the Commissioner of Education   
    • February 2022 — EMS ISD will renew its designation of being a District of Innovation with TEA and TASA beginning June 1, 2022 and expiring on June 1, 2027  
    • February 2022- The District of Innovation plan will be posted on the DOI website for the duration of the plan  
    • April 25, 2022—Board of Trustees will take action on the DOI local policies  

    Thank you for your review of the District of Innovation Renewal for 2022-2027. Please contact Dr. Dana Barnes at dbarnes@ems-isd.net with any questions or suggestions.