Every month the Duncanville ISD Board of Trustees convenes a regular meeting to publicly address the business of the school district. Community members and business partners are encouraged to attend and participate. There is a public speaking section during every meeting that provides an opportunity for anyone to share positive feedback or concerns. However, the board is unable to take action on any item that is not already included on the meeting’s agenda.
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, February 26, 2018, included:
New Alexander Elementary Principal Announced
Welcome Erin Frye to Duncanville ISD as the new principal at Alexander Elementary School. The Board of Trustees approved her hire at last night’s meeting. She joins us from Mansfield’s Legacy High School, where she was an Academic Associate Principal. Ms. Frye has more than 21 years of experience in education. She has been an administrator in Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD and a teacher in Irving, Coppell and College Station.
Ms. Frye earned her Bachelor of Arts/English from Texas A&M University and a Master of Education - Leadership/Administration at Texas Woman’s University.
2018-2019 Academic Calendar Approved
The Duncanville ISD Board of Trustees approved the 2018-2019 Academic Calendar at last night’s meeting. Calendar option #2 was selected.
The district’s Calendar Planning Committee provided feedback that identified two main goals – end the school year prior to Memorial Day and provide more balanced fall and spring semesters. To achieve these two goals required an earlier start for the 2018-2019 school year.
Three draft calendars were shared with employees and community members, and additional feedback collected through a survey. The Board of Trustees listened to the feedback and reviewed the survey results before making a decision to choose calendar option #2, which can be viewed here.
The 2018-2019 school year will begin for students Wednesday, August 15, 2018 and end Wednesday, May 22, 2019. Teachers will report back Thursday, August 2, 2018 and be out of school Thursday, May 23, 2019.
Made with Pride in Duncanville
Sharon Holan, the librarian at Brandenburg Intermediate School, has a heart for students and wears many hats to support Brandenburg students and staff. Ms. Holan volunteers her time to support the school’s Youth and Government students and will be traveling with them to the state contest later this month. Ms. Holan is also instrumental in setting up the library for monthly breakfast meetings for Brandenburg parents.
Students frequently visit the library for additional help with GATE projects and tutoring. Ms. Holan also visits classrooms and reads to students to encourage their love of reading.
Adina Johnson, a security monitor at Duncanville High School, shows enthusiasm in everything she does. Ms. Johnson completes all tasks given to her without hesitation. DHS students love and respect Ms. Johnson for the work she does, and she knows the majority of students by name! Ms. Johnson knows that using the right words as she speaks to students and staff helps to develop a positive environment. Everyone feeds off her positive energy and the staff benefits from the positive work environment she helps to create.
Isioma Jonah, a kindergartner at Bilhartz Elementary School, goes above and beyond to help her classmates. She looks for ways to help students learn and is always willing to help. Isioma is a leader in the classroom and has taken the initiative to help another student with his writing, questions and encourages his learning.
All-State Band and Choir
Duncanville High School's fine arts programs sent six students to the Texas Music Educators' All-State music conference last week.
Students who advanced to State from the DHS band are: Mercy Ogunlade - Clarinet, Jose Moreno - French horn, Kyle Hines - Tenor Saxophone and Patrick Sanford - Euphonium
Duncanville's High School’s newest All-State Choir members are: Aadon Benson – 3rd chair, Bass 2 and Matthew Merritt – 3rd chair, Bass 1.
DHS choir had 45 singers participate in the All-State process this year. Matthew and Aadon will join the 6A All-State Ensemble at the TMEA convention.
All-State is the highest honor a Texas music student can receive. Around 1,700 students are selected through a process that begins with more than 64,000 students from around the state vying for this honor.
That makes those chosen for an All-State ensemble among the top 3 percent of those competing and an even smaller percentage of all music students.
Superintendent Dr. Marc Smith gave an update on current district events and information.
Approved January 22 minutes
Approved budget amendments
Approved financial reports and investment reports
Approved authorizing of certain investment training
Approved annual investment review of investment policy and strategies
Approved bandwidth proposal
Approved resolution authorizing investment brokers/dealers
Approved resolution authorizing the city of Dallas to represent the Duncanville ISD in the matter of tax foreclosure sales by public or private sealed bid as authorized by section 34.05 of the Texas property tax code
Received information about Right at School
Received information about dual contracts
Received information about the School Health Advisory Council (SHAC)
Received information about the 2018-19 budget