Duncanville ISD Board of Trustees Meeting Summary - 04/16/18

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, April 16, 2018 includes the following:

To start the board meeting, four new district leaders were formally introduced at the board meeting. They included:

Duncanville High School

David Peavy was announced as the new head boys’ basketball coach at Duncanville High School. Coach Peavy joins the Duncanville ISD family from Dekaney High School in Spring ISD (Houston).  He brings more than 22 years of successful coaching experience at the high school and collegiate levels. Coach Peavy has been named Coach of the Year three times and was twice named to the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches All-State Committee.

Coach Peavy believes in developing leaders and promoting discipline on and off the court. He is committed to building a championship team of character, class and one that gives total effort. Coach Peavy earned his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and his Master of Education in Teaching both from the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio.

“I am very excited to get started,” Coach Peavy told the Board of Trustees. “I’m very excited for myself and my family.”

 Hardin Intermediate School

Melanie Lewis joins the Duncanville ISD family as the new principal at Hardin Intermediate School. She was most recently an associate principal at Lake Ridge High School in Mansfield, but began her school career as an elementary school custodian. In between Mrs. Lewis also served as a Spanish teacher, Title I facilitator, ninth grade academic dean and athletic director. Her unconventional path to school leadership serves as an example to her students, families and teachers to follow their dreams as she did.

Mrs. Lewis has a Bachelor of Arts in English/Spanish, a Master of Education in Secondary Spanish, a Master of Education in Educational Leadership and an Educational Specialist’s degree in Educational Leadership.

“I am so grateful for this opportunity to serve the students, parents, faculty and staff,” Mrs. Lewis said. I’m excited to be able to add a chapter to the success stories for Duncanville ISD.”

Transportation Department

Brad Hamrick was approved by the Board of Trustees as the Director of Transportation. He is a familiar face to Duncanville ISD. Mr. Hamrick was the fleet manager in transportation for four years and is returning to the district in this new role. He brings more than 27 years of experience in both private industry and school transportation.

Mr. Hamrick has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Warrant National University.

“It feels good to be back,” Mr. Hamrick told the Board of Trustees. “I appreciate the opportunity to support and serve students.”

STEAM Academy at Kennemer Middle School

Idol Mallard was introduced as the Academic Dean for the STEAM Academy at Kennemer Middle School, which will welcome its first cohort in the fall. Mr. Mallard joins us from Dallas’ Roosevelt High School where he was an assistant principal. He also has experience in administrative positions in Grand Prairie and Lancaster.

Mr. Mallard and the STEAM Academy staff will set the tone for one of the Duncanville ISD’s first choice programs, laying the foundation for the year-to-year expansion of this program.

Mr. Mallard has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Mathematics from Jarvis Christian College and a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies form the University of Texas at Arlington.   

Bus Driver of the Year

Gary Young was named Bus Driver of the Year. He was chosen by his peers for this special recognition. His co-workers described him as well respected and a person who takes pride in safely transporting students. In conjunction with Risk Management and the district’s insurer, Property Casualty Alliance of Texas, each year the district selects a bus driver of the year. The nominations are evaluated on five attributes: leadership, attitude, perseverance, student and parent relationships and technical skills.

Mr. Young knows every route, can drive any of the various buses operated by the district and is a great example to other drivers. Mr. Young will now advance to the state level, where he will compete against other bus drivers across Texas.

Made with Pride in Duncanville

Teacher Lindsay Fortner, a second grade teacher at Alexander Elementary School, was selected as the Made with Pride in Duncanville Teacher of the Month. She uses interactive lessons that engage her students’ whole selves into the lesson. Ms. Fortner makes students feel welcome and her classroom is filled with positivity and warmth. She seeks ways to connect with students and help them grow and mature. Part of that is learning responsibility includes having students take care of “Gus” the class guinea pig.  Beyond her classroom walls, Ms. Fortner is a leader on the Sunshine Committee. She is also a major contributor in second grade weekly PLC data and planning sessions.

Staff – Rebecca Clarke, a special education aide at Central Elementary School, was selected as the March Made with Pride in Duncanville Staff of the Month. Ms. Clarke performs her classroom duties professionally and can always be counted on to be prepared and diligent with instruction. When surprising her for this recognition, Ms. Clarke was in class engaging students with a bear hunt. She had made placed a sheet over a play area and made a bear cave. There were paper trees on chairs and she was using a flashlight with students to hunt for bears. Ms. Clarke makes learning so much fun for these little ones.  She also has worked as the Central driveway monitor to make sure students get to the door safely.

Student – R.J. Vigil, a third grade student at Hyman Elementary School, was selected as the Made with Pride in Duncanville Student of the Month. R.J. is a kind soul, who shows empathy way beyond his years. He’s a people person and is the first person to cheer on his classmates or comfort them when they are upset. He is very helpful to teachers and classmates. R.J. always strives to do better and asks for guidance to do so. R.J. recently won the Science Fair for Hyman and went on to represent his school at the District Science Fair. He’s also member of the Hyman student Council and Hyman Choir.

Superintendent Reports

Superintendent Dr. Marc Smith provided an update on current district events and information, including the recognition of Special Olympic student athletes who qualified for State and Nationals in sailing, kayaking, and track and field. The students were individually named and applauded for their representation of the school district.

Dr. Smith highlighted the district’s announcement as a semi-finalist for the 2018 H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards. H-E-B received more than 1,400 applications.  Duncanville ISD was one of 25 Texas school districts chosen as semi-finalists.

In addition, Dr. Smith announced that Duncanville High School received a designation as an Early College High School for the 2018-2019 school year. This designation by the Texas Education Agency identifies high schools that allow students least likely to attend college an opportunity to earn a high school diploma and up to 60 college credit hours. To view the remainder of Dr. Smith’s presentation, click here.

Other Items

Approved March 26 minutes

Approved budget amendments

Approved financial reports

Approved TASB localized policy update 110

Approved resolution for police department

Approved five DHS students to attend the Texas Association of Future Educators (TAFE) National Conference in Orlando, Florida

Approved a resolution for the Duncanville ISD tax rate

Received information about the Advanced Academic Services

Received information about the Dallas County Promise

Received an update on the STEAM Academy at Kennemer Middle School