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, Feb. 25, 2019 includes the following:
Academic Calendar for Upcoming Year Approved
The Duncanville ISD Board of Trustees approved the academic calendar for the 2019-2020 school year. The selected calendar can be viewed here. The district’s Calendar Planning Committee provided feedback regarding the start dates, holidays, design days and much more. Two drafts were shared with employees and community members, and additional feedback was collected through a survey. The Board of Trustees reviewed the feedback and survey results before making a decision.
The 2019-2020 school year will begin for students on Monday, Aug. 19, 2019, and end Thursday, May 28, 2020. Teachers will report back on Monday, Aug. 5, 2019, and end the school year on Friday, May 29, 2020.
Made with Pride in Duncanville Honorees for February Recognized
Each month, Duncanville ISD recognizes a student, teacher and staff member who exemplify what it means to be “Made with Pride in Duncanville.” All three honorees receive a gift bag, a surprise visit from district leaders and are featured in a video. They are also invited to attend the Duncanville ISD Board meeting where they are recognized for this honor.
This month’s Made with Pride in Duncanville honorees include: student, Wyatt King; teacher, Jessica Shogreen; and staff members, Don Gadberry and David Searl.
Wyatt King is an eighth grader at Reed Middle School and was the very first Made With Pride in Duncanville student honored in 2014 as an elementary student. Wyatt’s involvement in many extracurricular activities, including boys choir, chess club and golf – all while maintaining good grades – are what make him stand out as an excellent student.
Jessica Shogreen is a second grade teacher at Acton Elementary and a former campus teacher of the year. Ms. Shogreen supports other teachers regularly and asks for challenging students to be placed in her class so she can positively impact their lives.
Don Gadberry and David Searl work in the transportation department for the district. After a 12-hour work day, Mr. Gadberry and Mr. Searl came to the rescue for Hyman Elementary staff who were stranded in Irving after a donation pickup with a district warehouse vehicle that had a flat tire. Battling rush hour traffic, they changed the tire quickly and drove back to the school to make sure everyone made it back safely.
All-State Band and Choir Students Recognized
Duncanville High School Band celebrated four student musicians who performed at All-State on Saturday, Feb. 16 sponsored by the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA). Those students are Frankie Rubio, top high school English horn in Texas; Nate Trujillo, Michael Manns and Jaime Salas.
All six Duncanville High School choir students who auditioned at the Area competition on Jan. 12 advanced to State including Evelyn Ontiveros, the high school’s first female choir student to qualify for State in a decade. Paul Beaty, Aadon Benson, Nickolas Jones, Matthew Merritt and Ryan Smith also performed at State. All 10 students participated in clinics and rehearsals and then performed in their respective bands.
Football Team and Coach Reginald Samples Receive Resolution from City of Duncanville
After a season that will go down in history, the Duncanville High School Panthers were honored by Duncanville ISD, the City of Duncanville and community members. The boardroom was filled with heartfelt pride for the team and coaches who brought the community together this season. A standing ovation brought smiles and emotion from the players and coach.
For the first time in 20 years, the Panthers returned to the State Championship game following a perfect season. It was a tough loss against Galena Park North Shore, but the accomplishments led by Coach Reginald Samples have not gone unnoticed.
As the players and Coach Samples stood before the Board to be recognized, a list of their accomplishments was read aloud. Coach Samples was named the Dallas Morning News 2018 Football Coach of the Year and was one of 32 nominees for the 2018 Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year. Junior running back Trysten Smith was named Dallas Morning News Newcomer of the Year. Quarterback Ja’Quinden Jackson made all-area and all-state football teams. Senior defensive lineman De’Braylon Carroll made the all-area and all-state defensive teams and was named District 8-6A defensive MVP. Junior defensive back Chris Thompson, Jr. was named to the all-area defense and had 72 tackles on the season.
Coach Samples was then presented with a plaque of the feature article naming him Football Coach of the Year from the school district. Duncanville Mayor Barry L. Gordon read a resolution to the team and city council officials presented the football players with signed footballs.
Duncanville ISD Board President Janice Savage-Martin quoted an actor’s recent acceptance speech that was fitting for the football team. “It’s not about winning. It’s about not giving up,” she said.
Superintendent Dr. Marc Smith provided an update on current district events and information starting with the Texas Parent Teacher Association (PTA) Report. The Texas PTA honored Duncanville High School and Brandenburg Intermediate School with the Good Standing Award, which is earned in part by membership growth.
Fifty students signed letters of intent at Cedar Valley College during National Career and Technical Education (CTE) Signing Day. Students will be majoring in various CTE careers including automotive and diesel, business, criminal justice and graphic design. Dr. Smith also celebrated the 105 high school students and 21 middle school students who advanced to the State competition for Skills USA. Dr. Smith then highlighted the 2019 District Science Fair Extravaganza where there were more than 250 student projects displayed and more than 645 attendees.
Dr. Smith announced the purchase of 10 new buses, a purchase made possible thanks to voters’ approval of the Penny Swap or Tax Ratification Election in the fall. A summary of the Feb. 8 District-wide Professional Development Day was given, which was a conference format where sessions were held to provide varied options for professional growth for staff.
Dr. Smith ended his report wishing the Duncanville High School boys basketball team good luck at the regional quarter finals before introducing Dena McFerren, Executive Director at Education Foundation.
Approved minutes for the regular January 14 board meeting
Approved budget amendments
Approved financial reports
Approved authorization of certain investment training
Approved Memorandum of Understanding with Texas Tech for 2019-2020 Principal Preparation Grant
Resolution authorizing investment brokers/dealers
Resolution authorizing the City of Dallas
Review of Strategic Goal #3 – Focus on Operation Excellence
Update on Middle School Choice Programs