Lamesa ISD officially became a District of Innovation during the school board meeting held on Tuesday night.
    That designation gives the school district the ability to balance out the first and second semesters by setting a beginning date before the state-mandated starting date of no sooner than Aug. 21.
    It also allows the school to hire professionals in their trade with proper industry certified credentials to teach classes. That means the school could hire master electricians and master plumbers to teach their trades to high school students.
    “This will open the hiring pool when we’re having a real hard time finding teachers for small rural schools,” Assistant Director of Curriculum Chad Haskins said.
    Any qualified person still will be held accountable for student’s grades and progress, as well as following the school district’s dress code and code of conduct.
    The district also will be able to expel students who exhibit habitual and persistent, detrimental and harmful behaviors.
    The small board meeting room was filled on Tuesday with high school students who competed at State, National or International levels.
    Bernett Hernandez, the administrative assistant, had printed out 138 certificates that were given in BPA (Business Professionals of America), FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America), SkillsUSA, FFA, Cheerleading, Band and Community Problem Solving.


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