ODESSA, TX (KWES) - In a vote Monday night, 29 committee members were for the D.O.I waiver and only 2 were against.
There are three exceptions Ector County ISD wants to fall under when it comes to becoming a District of Innovation: One addresses the Shortage in Career and Technical education positions like automotive and welding.
Another exemption the district asked for STARR tests not to be factored into teachers and administrator's yearly appraisals when it scheduled to begin state-wide next year.
Lastly, the district wants to start school August 21st and end before Memorial Day.
The process to become a District of Innovation has been long but officials said there is light at the end of the tunnel.
Brandy Ferrer, Director of Professional Development for Ector County ISD said, "They appointed a committee that had a variation of parents, teachers, administrators and education foundation members to be able to come together and create the final draft of that D.O.I waiver."
Now that this vote has passed all that is left is for the board to approve the waiver at Tuesday night's meeting.
If approved, ECISD will become a District of Innovation beginning with the 2017-2018 school year.
Ector County ISD's status as a District of Innovation would last for five years.