Duncanville ISD Board of Trustees Meeting Summary - 07/11/17

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 on the second Monday of each month at the Duncanville ISD Education Plaza (710 S. Cedar Ridge Drive). A highlight of board decisions at this month’s meeting on Monday, July 10, 2017, included:

Board Announces New Chief of Schools

Last night, the Duncanville ISD Board of Trustees welcomed Samuel D. Nix to the district family as a Chief of Schools. In this position, Mr. Nix will work directly with campus principals to provide a positive influence, all with the purpose of putting students first. Mr. Nix joins the district from Arlington ISD, where he was the principal at Seguin High School. He is an educational leader who believes in growing leaders among principals, teachers and students.

Mr. Nix has worked at multiple levels of the education system as a history teacher, coach, assistant principal and principal. He has been a campus Teacher of the Year as well as Secondary Principal of the Year in Arlington ISD.

Mr. Nix earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of Texas at Arlington, Masters of Education from the University of North Texas and his Superintendent Certification from the University of Texas-Arlington. He is currently working on his Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Texas A&M University - Commerce.

Board Recognizes Duncanville ISD’s Risk Manager

Noella Whavers is a standout employee, whom is much more used to recognizing others than receiving special recognition for her great work.

Ms. Whavers is the district’s Risk Manager. Thanks to her hard work and consistency, Duncanville ISD recently received the Workers’ Compensation Solutions Annual Wellness Member of the Year Award.

Each year a large district and small district are honored, and we received the recognition for the large district. In addition to this prestigious honor, the district also received a check for $2,000.

Over the past five years, employee participation in the Wellness Program has doubled under the coordination of Ms. Whavers.

Thank you for all you do, Ms. Whavers, to keep employees informed, active and encouraged about staying healthy.

Superintendent Reports

Trustees received information about Duncanville ISD’s 2014 Bond Program. View the audit presentation and July update.

Jan Arrington, Chief Financial Officer, presented the monthly finance and budget update.

 Other Business

Approved June 12 and June 26 minutes

Approved financial reports

Approved amendments to extend depository contract for 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 fiscal years

Approved the Board Operating Procedures for 2017-2018

Approved aging facilities proposal

Approved 2017-2018 Student Code of Contact

Approved 2017-2018 Student Handbook

Approved purchase of laptop batteries

Approved request for proposal for athletic supplies, equipment and uniforms

Approved update to investment policy CDA (local)

Approved order authorizing the issuance of Duncanville ISD unlimited school building bond, series 2017

Approved agreement with TCG advisors to provide investment services

Received the annual athletic report

First reading of the TASB localized policy update 108

Received the annual English Language Learners (ELL) report

Reviewed the 2017-2018 federal funds