Board Approves Salary Increases, New Leaders - Called Meeting

At a special called meeting last night, the Duncanville Independent School District Board of Trustees announced leadership position changes and approved the 2017-2018 budget which included a salary increase for all employees.

A talented pool of internal candidates allowed the district to promote from within. The moves include a newly created Director of Early Childhood Education position and promotions to principal for former assistant and associate principals. A short profile on each position is included in this newsletter.

At the special meeting, the Board also approved a balanced budget for the 2017-2018 fiscal year. Highlights of the new budget include:

  • Starting new teacher pay scale increase from $50,000 to $51,000
  • Current teachers and nurses receive a $1,500 pay increase
  • All other employees receive a pay increase of 3 percent which is calculated at the midpoint of the employee’s pay scale 

The Board also increased the district’s healthcare contribution from $245 to $255. Doing so provides an opportunity for employees who select the  'employee only' coverage in the TRS-ActiveCare-1HD Plan to feel their full pay increase rather than having to use a portion to pay for healthcare. 

Chuck Allsup Becomes Chief Technology Officer

Chuck Allsup has a degree in social work from Baylor University and is a certified elementary school teacher, but most of his 20 years in education have been spent working in technology.

Allsup's previous positions included managing network and security services and Director of Technology Services.

Allsup is new to Duncanville ISD and takes the position of Chief  Technology Officer after filling in as interim for about three months. 

Dr. Hernandez Transitions to Chief Academic Officer  

Dr. Ed Hernandez steps into the role of Chief Academic Officer.

Dr. Hernandez was previously one Duncanville's two Chiefs of Schools, overseeing several campuses.

Dr. Hernandez began his career in education 19 years ago as a teacher and has held positions as an elementary, middle and high school principal, Chief Academic Officer and adjunct professor at Texas A&M Commerce.   

Dr. Cyprian to Director of Professional Development 

Thomas Cyprian becomes Director of Professional Development. He began his career at Duncanville ISD as a history teacher.

After receiving his Master of Education and Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, Dr. Cyprian became Principal at Brandenburg Intermediate.

He has been with the district for 18 years of his 19 year education career. 

Melinda Turner Moves to Director of Early Childhood Education 

Melinda Turner is assuming the newly-created position of Director of Early Childhood Education.

She came to the district in 2002 as a teacher at Alexander Elementary and was named Teacher of the Year during her time there.

In 2012, Turner became principal at Hyman Elementary. She has been in the district 15 years, 18 years in education. 

Brandee King Becomes Hyman Principal 

Brandee King is moving to Hyman Elementary next year. 

She was principal at Kennemer Middle School for four years and has spent 17 years in education. 

Brandi Lee Becomes Principal at Smith Elementary 

Brandi Lee takes over as principal at Smith Elementary School.

She came to the district in 2004 as a counselor, most recently served as an assistant principal at Alexander Elementary and has worked in education for 21 years.

Valerie Nelms-Harris Becomes Principal at Bilhartz Elementary

Valerie Nelms-Harris will serve as principal of Bilhartz Elementary School in 2017-2018.  

She previously was an assistant principal at Duncanville High School and has been in the district two years, 12 years in education.

Monica Smith Takes Reins at Kennemer 

Monica Smith is moving from associate principal at Duncanville High School to principal at Kennemer Middle School.

She has been with the district 3 years and has been in education for 16 years. 

Tamra Thompson Moves to Principal at Brandenburg  

Tamra Thompson takes over as principal at Brandenburg Intermediate School after serving four years as an assistant principal at Hardin Intermediate.  

She has been with the district 14 years and has 21 years in education. 

Pam Wilson Moves to Reed Middle School 

Pam Wilson becomes principal at Reed Middle School.

She came to the district two years ago as principal at Bilhartz Elementary School and has been in education for 17 years.