Katy ISD District of Innovation
What is a "District of Innovation"?
House Bill 1842, passed by the 84th Legislature, provides local school districts the flexibility to obtain exemptions from certain provisions in the Texas Education Code that are currently available to open enrollment charter schools. On August 24, 2016, the Katy ISD Board of Trustees approved a resolution to initiate the process for the District to be designated as a District of Innovation.
On October 18, 2016, the Board of Trustees held a public hearing to allow the community to learn more about the concept of Districts of Innovation and to provide feedback on the possibility of the District pursuing this designation. An Innovation Plan Committee was appointed by the Board at its regular meeting on October 24, 2016. The Innovation Plan Committee is charged with the responsibility of developing the District's Local Innovation Plan. On November 17, 2106, the Innovation Plan Committee met and agreed on three areas of exemption.
On November 21, 2016, the Local Innovation Plan was posted on the District's website for 30 calendar days, in accordance with the Texas Education Code. During that period, the Katy Improvement Council (KIC) will held a public meeting on December 7, 2016, to approve the Local Innovation Plan. The Local Innovation Plan was approved by a majority vote of KIC and was ready to be presented to the Board of Trustees for approval.
At the January 23, 2017, regular meeting of the Board of Trustees, the Local Innovation Plan passed with a unanimous vote.