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Board Business Meeting Summary - 11/18/19

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, November 18, 2019 includes the following:

 “Made With Pride in Duncanville” Honorees Recognized

This month’s “Made with Pride in Duncanville” honorees include student Briana Martinez; teacher Alexander Starr; and staff member Brandonn Thomas.

Made with Pride In Duncanville honorees with Board of Trustees President Carla Fahey

Briana Martinez is a senior at Duncanville High School. Briana is an excellent student and maintains an A/B average. She has a great attitude and is a great role model for kids and peers to look up to.

Briana has played four years of varsity softball. Coach Bret Duff says she is what any coach would want in a player.

Each year Briana has earned a superlative award for our district, which is the highest honor, and she holds the Duncanville High School record for most stolen bases with 88.  Coach Duff described Briana as a young lady with a lot of determination and a big heart.

Alexander Starr is a physical education teacher at Central Elementary School.  In addition to teaching his gym classes, Coach Starr founded the Morning Mile club where students are able to arrive before school starts and exercise on the outdoor track. Students earn charms, shaped like little feet, to signify the number of miles they walk.

The students love participating in the Morning Mile, and it’s evident by the smiles seen as the kids are running or walking around the playground.

Brandonn Thomas is a network engineer in the Technology Department. Brandonn’s co-workers say he has made a huge difference in the Technology Department and the school district.

Brandonn displays a high level of professionalism regardless of the situation. He is always polite, has a wonderful attitude and goes out of his way to help others. You can tell that Brandonn loves what he does. He’s extremely knowledgeable in his field, and when facing a tough situation, he is always ready with a possible solution.

Superintendent’s Report

 

Superintendent Dr. Marc Smith, board members, Mayor Gordon and Principal Parker celebrate Central's 90th. Superintendent Dr. Marc Smith began his report with Central Elementary School’s 90th anniversary celebration. On Nov. 2, Central’s school choir and the Duncanville High School band performed and a new bench was dedicated in the school’s courtyard.

Dr. Smith introduced Duncanville ISD’s “My Future. My Choice.” campaign. Billboard advertising can be seen at three locations around town, a commercial will begin airing locally and on social media. Dr. Smith debuted the latest commercial to the board of trustees and community members in attendance.

Duncanville High School hosted an event on Nov. 14 for students and families to learn about the many opportunities available at the high school including career and technical education, advanced academics and more.

 Volleyball athlete poses with volleyball

Other Items

Approved minutes for the October 21 meeting

Approved financial report for the month of September

Approved budget amendments

Approval of audit report and comprehensive annual financial report for 2018-2019

Approval of resolution to cast a vote for the fifth member of the board of directors of the Dallas Central Appraisal District

Approval of purchase for fuel system upgrade

Approval of EIF (LOCAL) and EIC (LOCAL)

Approval of request to the Texas Education Agency for a low attendance day waiver

Approval of Targeted Improvement Plan (TIP) Plans and Campus Improvement Plans

Discussion of Strategic Goal #4 update – Focus on Employees and Organizational Improvement

Discussion of update of the Leadership Development Program

Discussion of the Communications and Public Relations Report

Discussion of the first reading of the Texas Association of School Boards Policy Update 113

Discussion of the first reading of the Texas Association of School Boards Policy Update 114