District of Innovation

GCISD explores District of Innovation designation


On Monday, May 23, the GCISD Board of Trustees gave the administration approval to pursue a District of Innovation designation.


Passed as part of the 84th Texas Legislative Session, the designation as a District of Innovation gives school districts flexibility that is not currently available in public education. According to the Texas Association of School Boards, some of the items the district may choose to be exempt from include but are not limited to:

  • Uniform start date
  • Minimum minutes of instruction
  • Class size ratio
  • The 90 percent attendance rule
  • Teacher certification


“I want to assure community members that even though we can be exempt from the aforementioned items, this does not mean our district leaders or Board of Trustees are interested in pursuing any specific exemptions,” said GCISD Superintendent Dr. Robin Ryan. “By applying to become a District of Innovation it simply formalizes the work of the district, through a state initiative, and provides the flexibility to continue to realize the objectives of LEAD 2021.”


The next step is to convene a committee with parents, staff, students and community members to investigate the feasibility of becoming a District of Innovation. If you are interested in being considered for this year-long committee, please contact Dr. Rick Westfall, GCISD Chief Learning Officer, via this form before Friday, June 10.