Duncanville ISD Board of Trustees Meeting Summary - 05/22/18

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, May 22, 2018 includes the following:

To start the board meeting, three new district leaders were formally introduced at the board meeting. 

Chief Technology Officer

Shawntee’ Cowan was selected to be the district’s Chief Technology Officer. She has served in that position in an interim capacity since September 2017. Ms. Cowan has been with Duncanville ISD since November 2014 and was previously the director of technology. She has also been an assistant principal, and an elementary school music teacher in Mansfield ISD.

Ms. Cowan received her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SWAGU) and her master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Lamar University.

Principal at PACE High School

Tijuana Hudson was announced as only the fourth principal since Smithey PACE High School opened in 1993. She has been a part of the Duncanville ISD family for 17 years. She takes over this new leadership role after serving as assistant principal at Hardin Intermediate School. Ms. Hudson has previously been a counselor at Duncanville High School and Summit Education Center.

Ms. Hudson earned her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Emporia State University in Kansas and her master’s degree in School Counseling from Texas A&M University.

Principal at Reed Middle School

Bryan Byrd Jr. is the new principal at Reed Middle School. He has been the interim principal at Reed for the past two months. Mr. Byrd had previously been the associate principal of curriculum and instruction at Duncanville High School. He joined the district in 2017 from Arlington ISD, where he had been an assistant principal.

This new role brings Mr. Byrd full circle. He began his teaching career in Duncanville ISD at Reed Middle School. Mr. Byrd earned his bachelor’s degree from Henderson State University in Arkansas and his master’s degree in Educational Administration from the University of North Texas.


Made with Pride in Duncanville

Teacher - Paula Cartmell, a math teacher at Duncanville High School is the Made with Pride in Duncanville - Teacher of the month. Mrs. Cartmell has been a member of the DHS family for 36 years. She is a motivator who encourages her students to plan for the future. In addition to teaching, Mrs. Cartmell is also the National Honor Society sponsor where she encourages students to participate in community service. Senior Sharif Long, who nominated Mrs. Cartmell said, “For many of us, we are first-generation college students, and she has been a huge influence in helping us decide on our plans, receive financial aid and obtain scholarships.”

Staff - Nelda Wadle, a special education clerk, is the Made with Pride in Duncanville – Staff of the month. Nelda works in the Duncanville ISD Special Education Department and is described as having a servant mentality. Members of the Duncanville ISD Special Education assessment team say they couldn't function without her. Nelda always has a smile on her face and has a heart of gold. On any given day you will find her auditing a huge stack of folders to ensure compliance, which ultimately leads to the district helping to ensure our students’ success. Nelda's experience and insight are invaluable to the assessment team.

Student - Madison Cooper, a senior at Duncanville High School is the Made with Pride in Duncanville – Student of the month. Madison is in the top two-percent of her graduating class, she is a talented artist and also competes in SkillsUSA with her photography. With her help, Student Council has continued to grow and transition from being heavily dominated by upperclassmen, to having a great representation in across all grade levels. Madison organized an after-school program at Bilhartz Elementary School to encourage healthy living through fun games, activities, dance and food. Madison has the characteristics you’d like to see in a young adult. She demonstrates caring, leadership and love to everyone she encounters.

Superintendent Reports

Superintendent Dr. Marc Smith provided an update on current district events and information, including the recognition of Board of Trustee Phil McNeely, who was inducted into the Texas High School Basketball Hall of Fame last weekend.

Dr. Smith highlighted the Duncanville High School Girls Track Team who finished third in State. The 4 x 200 relay team won gold at State and had the best time in the nation at 1:35:05. Two seniors –Alexis Cokes and Payge Side - also received full scholarships to attend Prairie View A&M University and the University of Houston respectively.  

Dr. Smith also shared information about three Duncanville High School seniors who earned their associate degrees last week. Bryar Fuentes, Terah Johnson and Oscar Soto used the DHS dual credit program to earn enough college hours to complete two years of at Mountain View College before graduating from high school. In addition, 65 students earned industry level certifications from Mountain View College.

Other Items

Approved April 12 board workshop and April 16 regular meeting minutes

Approved budget amendments

Approved financial reports

Approved shared service agreement with Irving Regional Day School Program for the Deaf

Approved Amendment to a Memorandum of Understanding with Mansfield ISD

Approved STEAM Academy at Kennemer Middle School purchasing

Approved travel for two Duncanville High School students to attend SkillsUSA in Louisville, KY

Received information about the Campus Climate Surveys

Received an update on Summer School Update

Received an update on the District of Innovation Plan