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District of Innovation Plan 2017-2018

Westhoff Independent School District

District of Innovation Plan


Local Innovation Committee Members

David Kennedy                    Superintendent

Donna Striedel                    Elementary Teacher

Dustin Kenne                      Junior High School Teacher

Lesli Sturm                          Parent

Sue Hilbrich                        Community Member


District of Innovation Timeline

February 2017        Adopt Board Resolution (February 15) to pursue District of Innovation.

February 2017        Public Hearing (February 15) concerning District of Innovation.

Appoint District of Innovation Committee.

March 2017             Provide District of Innovation Plan for review.

Post on district website for 30 days (March 20-April 18).

April 19, 2017         Approve District of Innovation Plan.

April 20, 2017         Notify the Texas Education Commissioner of the District of Innovation Plan.



  1. Introduction

The 84th Legislative Session passed House Bill 1842, allowing Texas public school districts to become Districts of Innovation and thus permitting exemption from certain provisions of the Texas Education Code. In an effort to transform systematic improvement to allow for more local control, Westhoff ISD seeks to become a District of Innovation. Applied exemptions fall under the Texas Education Code statutes and associated TASB Local and Legal Board Policies EB (School Year) and EC (School Day).




A district committee met in February and March of 2017. This committee was comprised of various district, teachers, and community members. Based on the input from these individuals and direction provided by the Board of Trustees, the committee proposes the following District of Innovation Plan.


  1. Term

This plan will be in effect from August 1, 2017 through July 31, 2022. This plan may be amended or terminated at any time by the Board of Trustees in accordance with the Texas Education Code.


III. Exemptions Requested in Texas Education Code

  1. Operation of Schools and School Attendance (TEC Section 25.081)

As authorized in the education code, for each school year each school district must operate so that the district provides for at least 75,600 minutes of instruction, including intermissions and recesses, for students. Westhoff Independent School District is aware if time requirements are not met, funding will be reduced proportionally.  Flexibility in the number of required minutes of instruction will allow the district to:

  • Accommodate inclement weather and/or natural causes of disruptions to the school day.
  • Address decreased attendance because of severe illness and/or contagions.
  • Compensate for any other widespread community disastrous conditions that might interfere with our students getting to school.
  1. First Day of Instruction (TEC Section 25.0811)

Under current education code, districts may not begin school before the 4th Monday of August. Flexibility to begin instruction earlier in the calendar year will enable the district to:

  • Balance the amount of instructional time in the fall and spring semesters.
  • Provide additional opportunities to schedule timely and meaningful staff development throughout the calendar year.
  • Better pace and deliver instruction.


  1. Last Day of School (TEC Section 25.0812)

As provided in the education code, a school district may not schedule the last day of school for students for a school year before May 15. The last day of school may be altered to:

  • Allow students more time for remediation and test-taking skill development.
  • Give the district options for how to structure the Final Exam Schedule.




  1. School Day (TEC Section 25.082)

The education code states that a school day shall be at least seven hours each day, including intermissions and recesses. Modifications of the seven-hour school day would:

  • Allow for special student assemblies, productions, presentations, and UIL activities.
  • Provide an opportunity for parent/teacher conferences and tutorials.
  • Allow time to schedule staff development, address curriculum, and any required training.
  1. School Day Interruptions (TEC 25.083)

The board of trustees of each school district shall adopt and strictly enforce a policy limiting interruptions of classes during the school day for nonacademic activities such as announcements and sales promotions. Changes to this requirement would allow for:

  • Emergency notifications during the school day.
  • Remedial tutoring or test preparation.


b_b_1a Employment Information:

For information regarding employment with Westhoff ISD, including positions available, updating an active application and/or substitutes, please contact Alyssa Hale at (830)236-5519. To obtain an application, you may either download and print the forms from the links below or contact Alyssa Hale (830) 236-5519. Each applicant is required to send the following information to the address of the District. (For your convenience our address is located in the header on each page of our website.)

-Completed Westhoff ISD application form
-Complete resume
-Copies of all transcripts

(click on application form below to open)

  1. WISD-ApplicationServiceandSupport2010.doc
  2. WISD-ApplicationProfessional.doc


b_b_1a Required Postings:

Case Rating: Exemplary

 Westhoff Budget 2019-2020

Westhoff ISD Budget 2018-2019 

Westhoff ISD Budget 2017-2018 


Westhoff ISD Budget 2016-2017

Texas Transition and Employment Guide (ENG)

Texas Transition and Employment Guide (SP)


b_b_1a State Immunization Guidelines:



b_b_1a Various District Information:

  1. H1N1FluFrequQuestions_10-8-09.doc
  2. h1n1_flu_statement.doc
  3. HealthyTips4HealthyKids.doc
  4. WISDLicePediculosisPolicy.pdf

Westhoff Independent School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, or disability in providing education services, activities and programs, including vocational programs in accordance with the Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended; and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act.