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The Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD Board of Trustees voted on Feb. 1 to become a District of Innovation (DOI) and voted in a calendar that includes an early start date.

C-FB ISD joins several other districts in the area to become a DOI.

In the approved calendar, the first day of school will be Aug. 20, and the last day will fall on May 30. Spring Break will start March 11, Thanksgiving holiday will start on Nov. 19, and winter break will begin Dec. 24, ending on Jan. 4.

Georgeanne Warnock, C-FB ISD associate superintendent for educational services, said the district has followed all the necessary steps to become a DOI.  The District of Innovation committee discussed possible innovations in the school district and recommended those to the district improvement council.

“The key points we’re seeking to exempt the district from is the uniform start date so that we have flexibility and local control in establishing the school start date to equalize semesters,”  Warnock said. “We’re also looking to exempt some specific certifications for some CTE (Career Technology Education) positions and our elementary theater teachers with our STELLAR program and to keep our pre-K program in tact to provide the maximum minutes of instruction for students.”

Board member Randy Schackmann said the board is committed to this idea and looks forward to making it happen.

“I am pleased to what we’ve been able to accomplish,” he said. “It is a good thing. It is something that is going to maximize our ability to serve our student population, which is what we want to be about. The things that we’re doing here are important.”  

In addition to voting to become a DOI, the Board of Trustees also unanimously approved calendar option “A” for the 2018-19 school year, which moves the school start date up one week and includes more professional development days for staff during the school year.

The community was given three calendar options to choose from through an online survey, two of which would allow the district to meet the innovation plan. Warnock said over 3,500 people responded, and 84 percent of the community chose one of the innovation calendars with option “A” being the more popular choice.

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