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, October 21, 2019 includes the following:
High School Boys Soccer Coach Earns 200th Victory
The Board of Trustees recognized Duncanville High School boys soccer head coach Nuno Passos for his 200th victory as a coach. The Texas High School Coaches Association recently awarded the distinction to Coach Passos who has been a part of the district for 11 years and coaching soccer for more than 20 years. His family and athletic department were in attendance to celebrate his accomplishment.
“Made with Pride in Duncanville” Honorees Recognized
This month’s “Made with Pride in Duncanville” honorees include student Preston Lee; teacher Jouet Daniels; and staff member Latasha Edwards.
Preston Lee is a seventh grade student in the STEAM Academy at Kennemer Middle School. Preston is described as an exceptional student. Some call him “Mr. Everything” because he is involved in so much. Preston is the president of Skills USA, a member of student council, he participates in Youth and Government and plays on the football team. No matter what he does, Preston strives to be a leader. He demonstrates leadership in his actions as well as the way he treats others.
Jouet Daniels is a teacher at the STEAM Academy at Kennemer Middle School. She arrives early to assist students and stays late, offering tutoring sessions. She even does class tutoring using a streaming service for students who cannot attend an in-person tutoring session. Ms. Daniels is a vital member of the instructional leadership on campus and is a wonderful person.
Latasha Edwards is the district’s Transportation Route Coordinator and has been with Duncanville ISD for seven years. She began her career here as a bus driver and through her hard work and dedication has proven to be a true asset to the children and the community.
Ms. Edwards’ knowledge of Duncanville helps her quickly identify where the students are and which buses serve each area of the district. If a bus has a problem, she knows who is in the area and able to assist. If a student misses the bus, she knows who is close to help.
Superintendent Dr. Marc Smith began his report with a recap of the Panther Parent Expo that was held Saturday, October 19 at Duncanville High School. Families had the opportunity to learn about the programs available in the district through sit-down sessions and department tables set up throughout Main Street. Some departments that participated include special education, family and community engagement, and early childhood to name a few.
Dr. Smith reminded board meeting attendees about the new clear bag policy for athletic facilities in an effort to enhance security for students and visitors of the district. The policy will be enforced starting Nov. 1 at Panther Stadium, Old Panther Stadium, Panther Baseball Complex, Natatorium and Sandra Meadows Arena.
A voluntary curriculum management audit was performed on the district two weeks ago to identify opportunities for growth. Auditors spent a week visiting classroom for observations and interviews. Duncanville ISD is projected to receive the findings and recommendations prior to winter break. Dr. Smith thanked campuses and district leadership for their roles in the audit process.
Dr. Smith regularly meets with campus representatives who make up the Superintendent Professional Council. It provides an opportunity to for a two-way dialogue between teachers and Dr. Smith regarding successes and challenges, with teacher representatives from each campus as part of professional council. Dr. Smith explained how crucial it is for him to get direct feedback from teachers to address district-wide concerns.
PACE High School held their first graduation for the 2019-2020 school year. On Oct. 10, there were 15 graduates who earned their high school diploma. Graduation for PACE students is always an emotional occasion because many of these students have encountered hardships and overcome obstacles. Dr. Smith recognized how family support and encouragement from teachers plays in big role in the students’ success.
Dr. Smith ended his report with a reminder about parent-teacher conferences. Elementary and intermediate school will have theirs on Oct. 22 and middle and high school campuses with have their conferences on Oct. 24.
Approved minutes for the September 16 meeting
Approved budget amendments for the month of August
Approved financial reports for the month of August
Approved destruction of records past their destruction date
Approval of the purchase of Chromebooks and carts for elementary, intermediate, middle and high school campuses
Approval of interlocal agreement between Dallas County Community College District-Cedar Valley College and Duncanville ISD relating to Go Center
Approval of resolution authorizing Dallas County to represent Duncanville ISD in the matter of tax foreclosure sales by public or private sealed bid as authorized by Section 34.05 of the Texas tax code.
Approval of design development for the teaching and learning center
Approval of construction manager at risk for various projects in district
Approval of board operating procedures
Approval of Texas Association of School Boards policy review services
Discussion of transportation report