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Board Business Meeting Summary - 02/24/20

Every month the Duncanville ISD Board of Trustees convenes a regular meeting to publicly address the business of the school district. Meetings are held at the Duncanville ISD Education Plaza (710 S. Cedar Ridge Drive.) A highlight of board decisions at this month’s meeting on Monday, February 24, 2020 includes the following:

Board of Trustees Approve 2020-2021 Academic Calendar

The board of trustees approved the 2020-2021 academic calendar. After reviewing feedback provided by teachers, parents, students and community members, the board approved the proposed calendar. To view the approved calendar, click here.

“Made with Pride in Duncanville” Honorees Recognized

This month’s “Made with Pride in Duncanville” honorees include student Za’Niya Smith; teacher Kinda Lilly; and staff member Lonka Serrano.

Za’Niya Smith is a fourth grade student at Smith Elementary School. Za’Niya was nominated by her school principal Ms. Stephens who noticed her love for learning early on. She is a student who sets high expectation of herself and as proven to be an excellent classroom leader.

Kinda Lilly is a teacher at Brandenburg Intermediate School. Ms. Lilly sponsor a leadership program for young ladies at Brandenburg, teaching students to become leaders at school and in the community. She also sponsors the school's media team to deliver the daily news and fun facts during the morning announcements. Ms. Lilly is always willing to lend a helping hand, which she demonstrates as the campus representative for the Heart of Duncanville 5K.

Lonka Serrano is the family engagement liaison for elementary school. Acton Elementary School principal Ms. Bowens nominated Ms. Serrano because she always goes above and beyond to plan parent involvement events. Ms. Serrano always greets students and families in the morning and connects with the Duncanville community for donations and volunteer services.

Superintendent’s Report

Superintendent Dr. Marc Smith began his regular report to the board recognizing Career and Technical Education students who competed in Skills USA, a student organization focused on promoting student leaders to pursue excellence in their trade. The Skills USA district competition was held Feb. 13-15 in Waco and 221 Duncanville ISD students participated. A total of 98 high school students and 8 middle school students will be advancing to State in Corpus Christi in April. Competitions include culinary, robotics, and web design to name a few.

The Family and Community Engagement department is offering free English classes for Spanish-speaking parents of the district. Classes begin March 4 and will be held every Wednesday at Hardin Intermediate School. To learn more, reach out to Family and Community Engagement Liaison Carlos Rivera at crivera@duncanvilleisd.org or 972-708-3356.

The Mike Chrietzberg Softball Field was unveiled Tuesday, Feb. 18 inside Duncanville High School due to the rain. Although the weather kept the event off the field for the ceremony, it did not stop attendees from showing their support and congratulating Mr. Chrietzberg. The event included touching stories shared from Mr. Chrietzberg’s former colleagues. Family, former students and friends of Mr. Chrietzberg were also in attendance.

High school basketball playoffs for our girls and boys basketball teams are in full swing. Dr. Smith celebrated the Pantherettes’ exciting win against Lewisville last week. Tonight the Pantherettes take on DeSoto High School at Fort Worth Wilkerson-Greines at 7 p.m. The boys basketball team is the reigning UIL 6A State Champions and advanced to the second round of the playoffs Monday with a win over South Grand Prairie High School.

Dr. Smith presented at the Texas Association of School Administrators Midwinter Conference in January with Dr. Karin Holacka, Interim Director of Assessment and Accountability. The topic was “Great by Choice: Are Your Students Interested?” It was a great opportunity to discuss the district’s process for launching choice programs and how student interest was the key factor to creating new programs.

Professional Development Day was held Friday, Feb. 7. Throughout the school year, students have a day off so that teachers can become the students. Teachers attended a full-day conference where they could sign up for classes such as “Math Countdown to STAAR,” “Strategies for Strategic Writing,” and “Engaging Hearts and Minds of Students.”

Other Items

Approved minutes for the January 13 meeting

Approved minutes for the student appeal hearing

Approved financial report for the month of December

Approved budget amendments

Approved authorization of certain investment training

Approval of Duncanville High School choir attendance at the Winter Park Ski Music Festival

Approval of interlocal agreement with Central Texas Purchasing Alliance

Approval of the academic calendar for the 2020-2021 school year

Approval of Texas Association of School Boards policy review services adoption

Approval of annual review of investment policy and strategies

Discussion of 2020 budget development update

Discussion of Strategic Goal #3 – Focus on Operational Excellence

Discussion of construction update

Discussion of Grow Your Own Grant