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    District of Innovation

    The LWISD Board of Trustees considered the issue of designating Lake Worth ISD a District of Innovation during the regular board meeting on Monday, March 27, 2017. The board unanimously adopted a resolution initiating the process. Immediately after adopting the resolution, the board held a public hearing to provide an opportunity for anyone to speak for or against the matter. No one chose to speak.

    After closing the public hearing, the board passed a motion to name a committee to develop Lake Worth ISD's District of Innovation plan. The following members were named to the committee:

    Francis Anderson - Teacher, N.A. Howry Intermediate School

    Darla Avery - Counselor, N.A. Howry Intermediate School

    Deborah Baez - Assistant Principal, Effie Morris Elementary School

    Tiffany Bates - Teacher, M.J. Miller Elementary School

    Craig Beasley - Principal, Marine Creek Elementary School

    Debora Bedford - Teacher, Marine Creek Elementary School

    Kristin Breeding - Teacher, Marine Creek Elementary School

    Terri Brosius - Teacher, N.A. Howry Intermediate School

    Sheri Callaway - Teacher, N.A. Howry Intermediate School

    Becky Campbell - Executive Director, Business Services

    Cristina Chen - Director, Special Services

    Robbin Church - Teaching & Learning Coach

    Elizabeth Clayton - Director, Career and Technical Education

    Kacie Coker - Parent

    Cassandra Darst - Executive Director, Student and Operational Services

    Roy Deaver - ESL Coordinator, Lucyle Collins Middle School

    Mary Diaz - Assistant Principal, N.A. Howry Intermediate School

    John Emshoff - Assistant Principal, Lake Worth High School

    Alisha Foster - Teacher, Lake Worth High School

    Zeida Galan – Parent

    Amy Graves - Teacher, Lake Worth School

    Kathy Harmon - Principal, Lucyle Collins Middle School

    John Hebert – Superintendent

    Jeanette Hernandez - Counselor, Lake Worth High School

    Donna Hutson - President, Board of Trustees

    Bob Koerner - Principal, Lake Worth High School

    Courtney Lasater - Teacher, Marine Elementary School

    Lisa Lineberry - Teacher, M.J. Miller Elementary School

    Carol Maitland - Teaching & Learning Coach

    Cara Malone - Executive Director, Teaching & Learning

    Brent McClain - Principal, M.J. Miller Elementary School

    Karen Miller - Principal, N.A. Howry Intermediate School

    Eric Moore - Principal, Effie Morris Elementary School

    Evelyn Patton - Teacher, Effie Morris Elementary School

    Maribel Pulido – Parent

    Brian Smith - Teacher, N.A. Howry Intermediate School

    Jessica Smith - Teacher, Marine Creek Elementary School

    Bobby Sullivan - Director, Human Resources

    Gwen Steele - Teaching & Learning Coach

    Soraya Valles – Parent

    Darryl Vrazel - Assistant Principal, Lucyle Collins Middle School

    Elisha Woodson - Teacher, Lake Worth High School

    Jacinda Wright - Teacher, Marine Creek Elementary School

     

    The committee appointed by the Board of Trustees drafted a plan providing flexibility in the areas of the school calendar, teacher certification, class size, instructional minutes, attendance for credit, and probationary contracts. After reviewing the plan, the Board of Trustees, at the May 15, 2017, regular board meeting, unanimously voted to approve the plan thereby designating Lake Worth ISD a District of Innovation. The term of the Plan is five years, beginning with the 2017-2018 school year and concluding with the 2021 – 2022 school year unless terminated or amended earlier by the Board of Trustees in accordance with the law. The LWISD District of Innovation plan and public presentation are available for review:

    Lake Worth ISD District of Innovation Plan and Public Presentation

    The District of Innovation concept, passed by the 84th Legislative Session in House Bill 1842, gives traditional independent school districts some flexibility with regard to certain state mandates. The district can choose which flexibilities best suit local needs. Flexibilities may include such things as school start date, allowing industry experts to serve as instructors in specialized Career and Technical Education courses, etc.