NZISD considers innovation status


The North Zulch ISD school board held their monthly meeting on Nov. 12 and approved a resolution to consider seeking district of innovation status, which could exempt them from certain Texas Education Agency stipulations and allow them to operate independently in certain areas.

Some of the advantages mentioned when considering the plan were the hiring of new teachers as well as the school’s start time. Innovation status can enable districts to hire industry experts for specific positions where it may be difficult to find a qualified educator. They would also have the ability to start their school year earlier. This year, the academic year began on Aug. 27.

Districts are eligible for this designation if certain performance requirements are met and they follow certain procedures for adoption as outlined by the TEA. The resolution passed by the NZISD board was simply to consider the distinction. They are still in the early stages of the process and will make further strides to become a district of innovation in the coming weeks. The term of designation as a district of innovation may not exceed five years.

The board then approved a purchase of real property located in the district to connect Highway 21 access to the NZISD track.

The board also approved extending the school day by five minutes at the start of the second semester. Beginning in January, the school day will conclude at 3:25 p.m. instead of 3:20 in order to accommodate for the time missed because of flooding.

In another schedule change, the board meetings will now take place at 6 p.m. instead of the previously scheduled 7 p.m. Despite November’s meeting taking place on a Monday, the meetings will still on occur on Thursdays as usual.

In other business, the board:

Approved board minutes of the Oct. 11 regular meeting

Approved action concerning possible lease of district’s mineral interest in approximately six acres of district real property located in Madison County

Approved action concerning FNF (Local) policy

Canvassed the votes from the Nov. 6 school board election