District of Innovation Plan
2017-2018 through 2021-2022
Adopted May 9, 2017
Frank Molinar, Superintendent
David Bitters, Assistant Superintendent of Finance & Operations
Chris Jenkins, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction, & Administrative Services
Amber Crissey, Executive Director of Curriculum & Instruction
Tim Duncan, Director of Human Resources
Jannette Owens, Director of Business
Desiree Coyle, Director of Communications
Michael Pogue, Director of Special Programs
Amy Ferguson, Director of Bilingual/ESL Services
Karen Gonzales, Director of Early Childhood
Jeff Seeton, Director of CTE
Christie Beaty, Director of Assessment
Pam Turner, BHS Principal
Sherri Kottwitz, BMS Principal
Heather Crow, FAA Principal
Loran Wilburn, Teacher
Layla Arzanipour, Teacher
Chris Walker, Teacher
Josh Ferguson, Teacher
Abby Bergman, Teacher
Susan Hammonds, Teacher
Gloria Espinoza, Teacher
Breanne Ingram, Teacher
Linda Coleman, Teacher
Eva Midkiff, Teaching Assistant
Mandy Jenkins, Special Programs Representative
Connie Bitters, Non-Teaching Campus Based Professional
Candace Summerhill, District Level Non-Teaching Professional
Elizabeth Corley, Parent Representative
Teddy Brannon, Community Representative
White Settlement ISD District of Innovation Timeline
May 9, 2017
The term of the Local Innovation Plan is for five years, beginning May 10, 2017 and ending May 9, 2022, unless terminated or amended earlier by the Board of Trustees in accordance with the law. The committee will revisit the plan annually to ensure that the recommendations are still in line with the needs of the district. Any amendments recommended would be posted on the website for 30 days and require approval of the Innovation Committee and the Board of Trustees.
III. A Comprehensive Educational Program
The Plan’s comprehensive educational program is guided by and aligned with White Settlement ISD’s Mission, Vision, Motto, and Belief Statements.
Fostering a culture of excellence and empowering Brewer Bears to be innovators and leaders of tomorrow by providing premier education.
Developing passion to learn … Discovering purpose for tomorrow.
Think Big … Bears Do!
The District proposes flexibility in the following areas:
(EB LEGAL) (TEC 25.0811)
FIRST DAY OF INSTRUCTION. (a) Except as provided by this section, a school district may not begin instruction for students for a school year before the fourth Monday in August.
White Settlement ISD would like to have the flexibility to develop the academic calendar that better fits the needs of the community and start earlier than the fourth Monday of August. This would allow the District Planning Committee to better balance the first and second semesters and provide more instructional days prior to state testing when developing the academic calendar.
(DK LEGAL) (TEC 21.003)
CERTIFICATION REQUIRED. (a) A person may not be employed as a teacher by a school district unless the person holds an appropriate certificate or permit issued as provided by Subchapter B.
White Settlement ISD would like to make decisions regarding certifications locally based on the needs of the campus and students. WSISD would like the flexibility to consider entering into at-will employment agreements with non-certified individuals who have industry experience in a CTE field.
(DCA LEGAL) (TEC 21.102)
PROBATIONARY CONTRACT. (b) A probationary contract may not be for a term exceeding one school year… except that the probationary period may not exceed one year for a person who has been employed as a teacher in public education for at least five of the eight years preceding employment by the district.
White Settlement ISD would like to issue a probationary contract for up to two years for experienced teachers, counselors, or nurses to allow for the district to better evaluate the teacher’s effectiveness in the classroom.
(EEB LEGAL) (TEC 25.112)
CLASS SIZE. (a) Except as otherwise authorized by this section, a school district may not enroll more than 22 students in a kindergarten, first, second, third, or fourth grade class.
White Settlement ISD’s goal is to continue ensuring a 22:1 classroom ratio; however, the district would like the flexibility to exceed the 22:1 ratio in the event of unforeseen enrollment growth.
This Innovation Plan is designed to create parameters within which White Settlement ISD will operate, in order to provide additional student opportunities. Specific implementation plans will be developed by the appropriate departments. Adjustments to Board Policy will be researched and adopted where appropriate.