District of Innovation (DoI)
The District of Innovation (DoI) legislation passed in 2017 allowing traditional independent school districts most of the flexibilities available to Texas’ open-enrollment charter schools. The San Elizario Independent School District (SEISD) seeks to become a district of innovation in an effort to better serve the needs of all of our students and stakeholders including staff, parents, and community members. This will allow SEISD increased local control over district operations.
On October 9, 2019, the SEISD Board of Trustees unanimously adopted a resolution to consider becoming a DoI. The District Advisory Team (DAT) received a presentation by administration explaining the rationale for becoming a DoI. On November 4, 2019 and November 13, 2019, SEISD held public hearings regarding the DoI and solicited input from those in attendance. Finally, on November 13, 2019, the Board of Trustees opted, by unanimous vote, to proceed with this initiative and approved the DoI committee membership. The DoI Committee is charged with drafting a Local Innovation Plan (LIP) that will focus on seeking exemptions that will benefit the students at SEISD and its stakeholders.