Duncanville ISD Board of Trustees Meeting Summary - 08/15/17

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, August 14, 2017, included:

Duncanville ISD and All Campuses Received ‘Met Standard’ Rating

Duncanville ISD’s Chief Academic Officer Dr. Ed Hernandez gave the Board an update on the district’s 2017 STAAR scores at Monday’s meeting. The 2017 accountability scores were calculated from tests our students took in December, March and May of the 2016-2017 school year. Based on those scores, Duncanville ISD and all eligible campuses received a ‘Met Standard’ rating for the 2016-2017 school year. ‘Met Standard’ is the highest rating possible in the Texas Education Agency’s (TEA) accountability system. PACE High School received a ‘Met Alternative Standard’ rating. Nine schools received distinctions, which indicates these campuses finished in the top 25 percent of 40 comparable schools in growing students, college readiness and advanced performance.

Byrd Middle School – 3
Hardin Intermediate School – 3
Brandenburg Intermediate School – 2
Kennemer Middle School – 1
Central Elementary School – 1
Merrifield Elementary School – 1
Hastings Elementary School – 1
Alexander Elementary School – 1
Bilhartz Elementary School – 1

View the presentation for more information.

New Director of Innovation Named

Dr. Crystal Rentz brings a wealth of school district experience to the Duncanville Independent School District. A seasoned educator who has served more than 16 years in public education, Dr. Rentz began her career in education as a classroom teacher specializing in Secondary English. She most recently served as the director of Summer Learning and Extended Day Services at Dallas ISD.

Dr. Rentz holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Dallas Baptist University, a master’s in Educational Leadership from Texas Tech University and Doctorate of Education in Education Administration from the University of Texas at Austin.

Ben Franklin Apothecary Recognized by Board

Dan JespersenBen Franklin Apothecary owner, was recognized at Monday’s board meeting for the store’s continued involvement with Duncanville ISD. The Heart of Duncanville 5K, coordinated by Ben Franklin staff, has raised more than $57,000 for the Duncanville ISD Education Foundation. The fourth annual race will take place Saturday, October 14, 2017. Thank you to Dan and Ben Franklin Apothecary for their continued support of our teachers, staff and students.

Duncanville Trustee Earns Highest Leadership Designation

Duncanville ISD Board member Tom Kennedy earned the title of Master Trustee after completing a yearlong leadership program through the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB).

The designation is the highest recognition TASB offers as part of its Leadership TASB program.

Mr. Kennedy is in his 20th year as a trustee for Duncanville ISD and is the longest-serving member currently on the board.

“I do this because I believe public education is so very important to the success of our students and our community,” Kennedy said. “I put a very high priority on a good, quality education and believe by serving, I can help provide the quality that our kids deserve. I love seeing the successes we have had, and I want to try and make sure they continue. I also enjoy giving back to a community that has been very supportive of my family and me.”

Leadership TASB is a development program designed to take experienced board members to a new level of service and leadership by exposing them to a variety of issues, people, activities and locations. It is also an opportunity for school board trustees from across the state to work together to enhance school governance in Texas.

The program is led by nationally known speakers and experts in their field and includes visits to successful schools and those implementing innovative programs.

Superintendent Reports

Trustees received information about Duncanville ISD’s 2014 Bond Program. View the presentation for more information.

Superintendent Dr. Marc Smith shared information about House Bill 22.

Trustees updated the Board calendar to reflect future work sessions.

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

Other Items

Approved July 10 minutes

Approved financial reports

Approved budget amendments

Approved T-TESS certified appraisers

Approved memorandum of understanding with Texas A&M University through the Advise Texas program

Approved interlocal agreement between Keystone Purchasing Network and Duncanville ISD

Approved list of cooperatives and fees

Approved memorandum of understanding between the Department of State Health Services and Duncanville ISD elementary schools for preventative dental services

Approved District of Innovation policies

Approved TASB policy update 108

Approved resolution authorizing the City of Dallas to represent Duncanville ISD in the matter of tax foreclosure sales by public sealed bid

Approved the establishing of a guaranteed maximum for aging facilities package #1

Approved property and casualty insurance for the 2017-2018 school year provided through the Property Casualty Alliance of Texas interlocal agreement

Received the annual child nutrition report