District of Innovation

Merkel ISD


During the 84th Legislative Session, HB 1842 was passed, allowing Texas public schools to become Districts of Innovation. This designation allows school districts to obtain exemptions from certain provisions of the Texas Education Code. Merkel ISD is exercising this opportunity to gain more local control and flexibility in order to improve educational outcomes for the benefit of the students and community.

Term and Implementation

The Merkel ISD Local District of Innovation Plan will begin immediately upon the approval of the Board of Trustees, and will continue through the 2020-2021 school year. The Plan may be amended at any time by the Local Innovation Team with approval of the Board of Trustees.

The implementation and specific guidelines of each innovation strategy will be determined by the MISD Administration. Adjustments to Merkel ISD Board Policy will be researched, reviewed, and adopted by the Board of Trustees.