Proposed Exemption
• Flexible Calendar
- (TEC 25.0811)

Current Calendar
Students start the last Monday of August

Proposed Calendar
To allow for a calendar that fits the local needs of our school district and community, we would like to consider a flexible calendar option, which may include an early start date.
Students may begin earlier than the fourth Monday of August. This earlier start date will allow the opportunity for a more balanced first and second semester number of days of instruction.
 Greater local control.
Increased flexibility governing education programming.
Empowerment to innovate and think differently.
Provide classroom teachers the opportunity to deliver more equitable learning experiences for students in the fall and spring semesters.
Align dual credit courses with post-secondary institutions such as UTRGV and Texas Southmost College.
Fall semester exams prior to Christmas vacations.
More instructional days prior to mandatory state testing.

House Bill 1842, passed during the 84th Legislative Session, permits Texas Public School Districts to become Districts of Innovation and to obtain exemptions from certain provisions of the Texas Education Code that are available to open charter enrollment schools.


5/2/17 Adoption of Resolution
On May 2, 2017, the BISD Board of Trustees approved a resolution (#0125/16/17) to initiate a District of Innovation, seeking flexibility for the 2018-2019 school year start date.

8/14/17 District Level Committee
On August 14, 2017, the District Level District of Innovation Committee met, had an overview, discussion and input about becoming a District of Innovation.

9/18/17 District Level Committee
On September 18, 2017, the committee met to review the Proposed District of Innovation plan.

10/3/17 Public Hearing
On October 3, 2017, BISD held a public hearing to gather input from all stakeholders.

10/4/17 DEIC Meeting
DEIC Committee reviewed the District of Innovation plan and voted that the District of Innovation would be submitted to the BISD Board of Trustees.

10/5/17 District of Innovation Plan
The BISD District of Innovation plan was posted on the BISD website and will remain posted for at least 30 days.

12/12/2017 District of Innovation Plan approved by Board of Trustees The BISD Board of Trustees approved the BISD District of Innovation Plan with the required 2/3 majority. A copy of the approved District of Innovation plan was provided to the Texas Education Agency for posting on its website.