Lake Worth ISD is in the process of submitting an application to become a District of Innovation. The Board of Trustees considered the subject during the regular 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:
The committee appointed by the Board of Trustees has drafted a plan that seeks flexibility in the areas of school calendar, teacher certification, class size, instructional minutes, attendance for credit, and probationary contracts. The recommended term of the Plan is five years, beginning with the 2017-18 school year and concluding with the 2023-24 school year, unless terminated or amended earlier by the Board of Trustees in accordance with the law. The proposed plan is available for review:
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.