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Board Business Meeting Summary - 04/20/20

The Duncanville ISD Board of Trustees meets regularly to publicly address the business of the school district. Due to the current nationwide health pandemic, all district facilities and schools are closed and a Learning At Home system has been developed. To continue those health and safety standards, the Board of Trustees hosted their regular board meeting using a video conference call on Monday, April 20, 2020 and can be viewed here. Information shared and decisions made during that meeting include the following:

“Made With Pride in Duncanville” Honorees Recognized

This month’s “Made with Pride in Duncanville” honorees include student Jonathan Arias, teacher Elizabeth Thompson, and staff member Laurie Strueby.

Jonathan Arias is a seventh grade student at Byrd Middle School and was nominated by his choir teacher Alex Lopez. Jonathan was selected for both the Region 20 Honor Band and Choir and has become a pro at time management, as a result. On November 8, Jonathan’s parents drove him to Waxahachie for a choir clinic and concert, drove back to Duncanville for a band chair test then back to Waxahachie to finish rehearsal and perform that evening. He is in the honor roll and has proven to be a leader and motivator in the classroom.

Teacher Elizabeth Thompson has been the Duncanville High School Sparklers coach for seven years and was nominated by her student Jazmine Zamora. Jazmine said Ms. Thompson encourages the Sparklers to work hard and have fun. A few months ago, they performed a challenging routine with the Dallas Mavericks dancers during halftime at a basketball game and cheered on runners at the Heart of Duncanville 5K.

Laurie Strueby is a speech language pathologist at Hyman Elementary School. Ms. Strueby was nominated by a Hyman parent because of the growth she's seeing in her child's speech. At first, Ms. Strueby’s student was sad to leave home to come to school every day, but he was willing to step outside his comfort zone because of how much he enjoys Ms. Strueby's class. Thank you, Ms. Strueby, for nurturing and encouraging your students to overcome challenges.

See a video of the honorees here.

Superintendent’s Report

Superintendent Dr. Marc Smith provided a report to the board of trustees sharing that more than 16,000 free meals have been served to children over the past month by the nutrition services staff as part of the grab-and-go meal distribution program. The technology department continues to distribute loaner laptops to students in need of a device. Instructional packets are also being mailed to families without technology. Dr. Smith closed his report with graduation options and alternate dates under review.

 Information Item

Chief Financial Officer Dr. Edd Bigbee presented an update to the budget planning for the 2020-2021 school year. Dr. Bigbee reviewed the current budget process and plans for developing the next budget. The presentation can be viewed here.

 Other Items

Approved minutes for the February 24 meeting

Approved minutes for the March 26 special meeting

Approved financial report for the month of February

Approved budget amendments

Approved certification of instructional materials allotment use

Approved E-Rate FCC Form 471 #201017191 & 471 #201023960

Approved resolution authorizing investment brokers and dealers

Approved purchase of additional security cameras

Approved order postponing the election of trustees from May 2 to November 3, 2020

Approved guaranteed maximum price for the renovation of the former administration building

Approved guaranteed maximum price for the renovation of the former Acton Elementary for the Duncanville ISD Teaching and Learning Center