• District of Innovation 

    Background
     
    At their May 16, 2016 meeting, the Georgetown ISD Board of Trustees adopted a resolution to initiate the process of exploring the option of designating GISD as a District of Innovation.
     
    The 84th Texas Legislature passed House Bill 1842, which allows traditional public school districts to exempt themselves from certain education laws if they have a District of Innovation designation. To access the exemptions, a school district must adopt an innovation plan in accordance with Texas Education Code (TEC), chapter 12A.
     
    The GISD Board of Trustees held a public hearing on June 20, 2016, regarding the District of Innovation process. They will be voting on whether or not to continue pursuit of the District of Innovation designation at their July 25, 2016 regular board meeting.
     
     
    Mission

    Inspiring and empowering every learner to lead, grow, and serve.

    Vision

    Home of the most inspired students, served by the most empowered leaders. 

    GISD Strategic Plan

    The GISD District of Innovation initiative fits within Strategy 2, Strategy 4, and Strategy 5 of the district’s strategic plan.

    Strategy 2: We will inspire and invite community and corporate engagement.

    Strategy 4: We will improve educational experiences utilizing relevant technology.

    Strategy 5: We will redesign our learning model to include customization and innovation at all levels.

    Through the DOI opportunities, GISD may choose to seek specific innovations in relation to flexible curriculum, unique instruction methods, parent and community involvement, and budgeting options.

    What is a District of Innovation?

    The District of Innovation concept is part of Texas House Bill 1842, passed during the 84th Legislative Session in 2014, and allows traditional school districts the opportunity to utilize flexible operation strategies similar to open­-enrollment charter schools.

    Examples from other district

    1. Dripping Springs ISD
    2. Spring Branch ISD
    3. El Paso ISD
    4. Kaufman ISD
    5. Grand Prairie ISD  
     
    Invitation to Public Meeting

    The Georgetown community is invited to attend a public meeting hosted by the GISD District Performance Council (DPC) to consider the final version of the proposed District of Innovation (DOI) exemption plan. Details of the proposed DOI plan can be found on the district’s website, www.georgetownisd.org.

    Join us for a public meeting regarding:

    GISD District of Innovation Plan
    Wednesday, February 8, 2017
    4:30-5:30pm
    Forbes Middle School
    1911 NE Inner Loop
    Georgetown, TX 78626

     
    GISD DOI Plan

    You may view the GISD DOI plan here.  

    On February 8, 2017, the district advisory committee (locally called District Performance Council) held a public meeting to review the District of Innovation plan. Following the public meeting, the DPC approved the plan by a majority vote.

    The GISD Board of Trustees unanimously approved the District of Innovation plan on February 8, 2017. As required by  19 TAC §102.1307 (d), Georgetown Independent School District submitted a letter notifying the Commissioner of Education of the district's destination as a District of Innovation and provided a copy of the DOI plan.