District of Innovation

CISD District of Innovation Plan

The Celina Independent School District is working through the process to become a District of Innovation. As outlined in Chapter 12 of the Texas Education Code, districts can become eligible for this distinction if certain performance requirements have been met and that the district follows specific procedures outlined in the statute. Over one hundred and twenty districts are either in the process or have approved their plans. Pursuing specific exemptions is left up to each individual school district, which allows more local control to areas that would benefit our students and families instead of a “one size fits all approach.”

Districts selected for this distinction can ask for flexibility and/or exemption from certain sections of the Texas Education Code. Celina ISD has asked for flexibility in the following areas:

  1. Teacher Certification Requirements
  2. Uniform School Calendar
  3. Probationary Contracts
  4. Class Size Requirements for Elementary grades

A Parent Meeting will be held on Thursday, January 26th, in the Celina Junior High School cafeteria starting at 6:00pm. CISD Assistant Superintendent Mr. John Mathews, will explain the importance of the District of Innovation Plan, and the four components specific to our plan. Those attending will have an opportunity to ask questions and provide input. A Public Hearing will be held on Monday, February 20th at the Celina Administration Building prior to the regularly scheduled CISD School Board Meeting. The hearing will begin promptly at 5:30pm.

Click here to view the Celina ISD District of Innovation Plan. For more information regarding Districts of Innovation, please see the links below:

TEA’s website with information in regards to becoming a District of Innovation:


Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) website contains extensive information on the subject matter and also lists districts that have applied for the distinction.