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District of Innovation Information

Wharton ISD is seeking the designation as a District of Innovation. The Board will appoint a committee at the May 23, 2017, School Board meeting to begin designing a Plan of Innovation.  Click this video link for an overview of districts of innovation.  Contact Mrs. Gayle Parenica for more information.

2017 Committee Meeting Dates at the Wharton ISD ESC:
June 8, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
July 20, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
August 10, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
September 7, 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
September 21, 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm                                                                                                                                October 5th, 2017 4:00 pm                                                                                                                                            October 17th, 4:00 pm                                                                                                                                                  Additional meetings will be scheduled as needed to finalize the plan preview.

Texas House Bill 1842, passed during the 84th Legislative Session, provides the opportunity for Texas public school districts to pursue the designation of District of Innovation.  This allows local school districts to obtain exemptions from certain provisions of the Texas Education Code to allow more flexibility and local control for innovative programming.  On March 28, 2017, the Wharton Independent School District passed a Resolution to initiate the process of designation as a District of Innovation in order to increase local control over District operations and to support innovation and local initiatives to improve educational outcomes for the benefit of students in our community.

To see the Wharton ISD Board Resolution to Initiate the Process of Designation as a District of Innovation under HB 1842, click here.

To see the Process for Designation as a District of Innovation, click here.

For more information, please visit the Texas Education Agency Districts of Innovation website.

The proposed Wharton ISD District of Innovation Plan was developed by committee members from the campuses and community.  It will be available for review and comments from February 23, 2018 to March 24, 2018.  The District Education Improvement Committee (DEIC) will conduct a public hearing on Monday, March 26th, 2018, at 4:00 p.m., at Wharton Educational Support Center.   The public is encouraged to review this proposal and present comments or concerns at this public hearing.   If the plan is approved by the DEIC, it will be presented to the board of trustees at the regularly scheduled meeting on March 27th, 2018, at 7:00 p.m.  Contact Mrs. Gayle Parenica for more information.

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