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, September 17, 2018 includes the following:
New Director of Curriculum & Instruction Introduced
The Board of Trustees approved the hire of Dr. Silvia Martinez as the new Director of Curriculum & Instruction. She has more than 20 years of school experience. Dr. Martinez began her career as a Spanish teacher and also served as an, assistant principal, principal, dean of instruction and assistant superintendent of curriculum instruction. This is also a homecoming of sorts for Dr. Martinez. She previously served as an assistant principal at Reed Middle School.
Dr. Martinez has also previously worked in West Orange-Cove ISD, Dallas ISD and Mesquite ISD. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Spanish from Texas A&M University – Kingsville. She earned her Master of Education in Educational Administration and her Doctor of Education in Educational Administration from Texas A&M University – Commerce.
Made with Pride in Duncanville Honorees for September Recognized
Robert Jasso, a teacher at Central Elementary School, is described as having the biggest heart for kids. He solicited donations of guitars from area businesses to start Central’s Guitar Club, which meets after school to learn basic guitar skills. He also develops close relationships with students and encourages them to believe in themselves. One student who had struggled to succeed academically, socially, and behaviorally was tutored by Mr. Jasso. When she finally passed her STAAR test this summer, he bought a bicycle for that student and delivered it to her home to recognize her accomplishment. This student's smile was a mile wide. For his influence and dedication to children, Mr. Jasso is the Made with Pride in Duncanville teacher of the month.
Eva Mitchell, the cafeteria manager at Bilhartz Elementary School, is always attentive to the needs of students, staff and teachers. She truly cares. In one recent example, a student walked through the cafeteria doors with her shoes in her hand. As a teacher assistant attempted to get the little girl to put on her shoes, it was obvious that they were too small. Ms. Mitchell watched this exchange and about 30 minutes later brought the girl a new pair of shoes and socks. She called the teacher assistant to get the little girl and have her try on the shoes. They didn't fit very well so she went back and exchanged them for another size that fit just right. For her commitment to students, Ms. Mitchell is the Made with Pride in Duncanville staff of the month.
Andrew De La Pena, a third grade student at Hyman Elementary School, is a very talented, artistic student. Like all talents, his art has to be nurtured. Andrew finds every opportunity to grow and develop his gift. Andrew’s artwork has been displayed at the district art show every year since he was a kindergarten student. Last year, he won 2nd place for his creative design. Andrew is able to imitate anything he sees in art class, including his teacher’s artwork. Then he takes that vision and elaborates, providing even more detail. For Andrew, it’s not just art for the sake of art. He uses art to help him learn new information in other subjects. Andrew is enthusiastic about learning and his enthusiasm spreads to his classmates. For his talent and commitment in the classroom, Andrew is the Made with Pride in Duncanville student of the month.
Chrietzberg Celebrates 42 Years in District
During the Duncanville Independent School District board meeting, the Board of Trustees and Superintendent Dr. Marc Smith shared their appreciation and gratitude for Assistant Superintendent of Campus Support Mike Chrietzberg as he prepares to retire. Mr. Chrietzberg has served Duncanville ISD, our students and staff for 42 years. During his extensive tenure, he has worn many hats; as a coach, teacher, assistant principal, principal, chief of staff and most recently overseeing campus support.
Mr. Chrietzberg’s retirement celebration will continue a reception today between 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm in the boardroom at the Education Plaza (710 S. Cedar Ridge Drive in Duncanville).
Businessman Donates $5,000 for Student Scholarship
After hearing a presentation at a recent community meeting about scholarships and the achievements of Duncanville High School students, Jim McDonald made a decision to make a donation of $5,000 as a scholarship to support a Duncanville High School student. Mr. McDonald’s own daughter attended Central Elementary School, Reed Middle School and graduated from Duncanville High School. Knowing the excellent education his daughter received here, he said he wants to give another scholar an opportunity to continue their education beyond DHS.
Superintendent Dr. Marc Smith gave an update on current district events and information. He shared information about the districtwide initiative to encourage all students – from prekindergarten to graduating seniors – to commit to planning for careers after graduating high school. As part of the “I Promise” campaign, students were asked to consider their future careers and what steps they should take to achieve that goal. This leads into the Dallas County Promise, which gives all Duncanville High School seniors an opportunity to receive free college tuition regardless of income or grade point average.
Dr. Smith also thanked the board for allowing the district to seek the Penny Swap or Tax Ratification Election, approved by voters on September 8, 2018. Dr. Smith informed the board and attendees that more information will be shared publicly regarding how that additional funding is being spent.
Approved August 20, 2018 minutes
Approved budget amendments
Approved financial reports and investment reports
Approved memorandum of understanding with the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at the University of Texas at Austin
Approved resolution regarding hazardous bus routing
Approved resolution authorizing investment brokers/dealers
Approved a scholarship donation from Jim McDonald of State Farm Insurance
Approved special education students’ out-of-state travel to Huntsville, Alabama
Approved Duncanville High School band students’ travel to Washington D.C.
Approved a police and security operations agreement, purchase of police cars, an interlocal agreement with the city of Duncanville and interlocal agreements for accessing adult and juvenile information through the Techshare system.
Approved the purchase of a tumbler chiller for Nutrition Services
Approved the request for class size waiver exception
Approved the targeted improvement plans related to the Texas Education Agency’s Professional Service Providers
Received information in the annual Athletics Report