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, June 24, 2019 includes the following:
Budget Approved for 2019-2020 School Year
The Board of Trustees approved the new budget that puts an emphasis on continued academic growth and increased pay for teachers and operational staff. The budget also includes a new teacher salary schedule and compensation plan. Starting new teacher pay increases to $53,000. Salaries for teachers with one to five years of experience will increase by $2,200. Teachers with more than six years of experience, as well as librarians, counselors and nurses will see an increase of $2,300.
All other employees will receive a 3-percent pay increase at their midpoint pay scale plus any other adjustments recommended by the Texas Association of School Boards. All employees using the district’s medical insurance plan will receive an additional district insurance premium contribution of $11. With that additional district contribution, employees who select the “Employee Only” ActiveCare 1HD insurance plan will see no insurance increase.
District Announced New Principals
The Board of Trustees welcomed Sugey R. Villarreal to Duncanville ISD as the new principal at Fairmeadows Elementary School. Ms. Villarreal was most recently an assistant principal in Mansfield ISD and has served as assistant principal in Arlington ISD and bilingual teacher in Grand Prairie and Waxahachie. Ms. Villarreal has a Master of Education in both educational leadership and curriculum and instruction from Dallas Baptist University and a Bachelor of Science in speech language pathology and audiology from the University of Texas at Dallas.
At a special meeting June 12, the board approved Ayanna Parker as the new principal at Central Elementary School. She has built her entire educational career in Duncanville ISD and most recently served as assistant principal at Central and was previously an instructional coach and teacher for the district. Ms. Parker earned a Bachelor of Science in interdisciplinary studies and Master of Education in educational administration both from the University of North Texas.
Preliminary STAAR Results Provided to Board
During the board meeting, Executive Director of Assessment and Accountability Stephanie Bonneau provided an overview of the state’s A-F accountability system and shared projected results for the STAAR tests.
Using the preliminary test results, Ms. Bonneau notified the Board of Trustees that Duncanville ISD is projected to receive a B letter grade for the 2018-2019 school year, which is an increase over the prior year. The projected numbers have the ability to be two or three points off, but with a numerical rating of 84 Duncanville ISD is expected to receive a B.
This is the second year of the state's accountability system, which places a premium on showing progress across the three categories of Approaches, Meets and Masters grade level for measuring student achievement. The districtwide trend was notable progress with some categories demonstrating double-digit increases.
Duncanville ISD had three campuses that rated as Improvement Required, and the projected numbers show that all three campuses have made increases and will no longer be listed as Improvement Required. Those campuses include Acton Elementary, Alexander Elementary and Hastings Elementary schools.
Superintendent Dr. Marc Smith began his report by highlighting some of the summer enrichment camps that continue the growth of scholars during the summer months. Those camps include, Girlstart STEM for Girls, Engineering for Kids and GATE Creativity camps. Dr. Smith mentioned the bridge camps for the district’s three middle school choice programs, Collegiate Academy and P-TECH Program for students studying architectural design.
Dr. Smith presented photos of four new activity buses that were purchased thanks to the Penny Swap voters approved in August 2018. Duncanville High School graphic design student Daunta Batiste designed the bus wrap. The unique design of the activity buses is sure to be highly visible when transporting students to various extracurricular activities. These buses also have additional storage and seatbelts for increased safety.
Approval of budget amendments
Approval of financial report for month of April 2019
Approval of Duncanville ISD list of cooperative and fees
Approval of shared services arrangement with Irving Regional Day School Program for the Deaf for the 2019-2020 school year
Approval of agreements with various universities for internship, practicum and clinical placements
Approved purchase of Microsoft services
Approved naming of softball field after Mike Chrietzberg
Approved request for proposal for custodial supplies
Approved selection of construction delivery method for various projects in the district
Discussion of schematic designs and cost estimates for teaching and learning center and parking lot on Cathy Self-Morgan Way
Discussion of bullying reporting system and process