Board Business Meeting Summary - 08/19/19

Every month the Duncanville ISD Board of Trustees convenes a regular meeting to publicly address the business of the school district.

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, August 19, 2019 includes the following:

 Duncanville High School Band Honored with Prestigious Award

The Duncanville High School Band was recognized for earning the prestigious 2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Exemplary Band Program Award. The TBA presents this award each year to one middle school and high school that has consistently produced an exceptional band program for an extended period of time. Read more on the band’s legacy of excellence here.

David Brandon (left), DHS band director, Jeffrey King (right), Irving ISD Fine Arts Director

District Earns Top Accountability Rating in Best Southwest

Duncanville ISD earned a B rating in the Texas Education Agency’s accountability system for the 2018-2019 school year. The double-digit increase from 73 to 84 outranks neighboring school districts in the Best Southwest Dallas County region. Eight campuses earned a combined 14 distinctions, including Duncanville High School’s Postsecondary Readiness Distinction. Superintendent Dr. Marc Smith credited the hard work of teachers and staff for this academic achievement.

Superintendent’s Report

Superintendent Dr. Marc Smith began his report with a recap of the first day on school. City members, including Duncanville Mayor Barry Gordon, greeted our students Monday morning as they prepared for their first day. A total 11,398 students were enrolled districtwide. Watch a recap of the first day of school here

Dr. Smith announce a partnership with the National Math + Science Initiative and Texas Instruments Foundation. The partnership includes a generous donation from the Texas Instruments Foundation that benefits the district’s advanced academics programs. Training and mentoring for advanced placement teachers, tools and resources for classrooms and incentives for teacher and student performance will help increase the opportunity to produce high achieving students who are ready for careers in the field of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).

Security enhancements were implemented just in time for the new school year, including visible signage and two digital marquees to provide information to parents and the community. Students interested in parking at Duncanville High School are now required to have a student parking permit that can be purchased at the high school. New fencing and gates have been installed with access control modifications to better manage who is allowed on campus. The Duncanville ISD Police Department has expanded, adding two more police officers to their team.

Other Items

Approved minutes for the July 15 meeting

Approved financial report for the month of June

Approved budget amendments

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

Approved cooperative program agreement with the University of Texas at Austin for 2019-2020

Approved Texas teacher evaluation and support system (T-TESS) certified appraisers for the 2019-2020 school year

Public meeting on the tax rate for the 2019-2020 fiscal year

Adoption of the tax rate for 2019-2020 fiscal year for the general fund and debt service fund

Approved the property and casualty insurance provided through the Property Casualty Alliance of Texas interlocal agreement

Approved workers’ compensation insurance provided through the Workers’ Compensation Solution interlocal agreement

Approved projects to be funded from 2014 bond funds surplus

Approved submitting an endorsement for TASB Board of Directors, Region 10, Position B

Approved the Student Handbook

Approved Achieve 3000

Approved I-station contract renewal

Approved adopting Davis-Bacon wage rates for district facilities projects

Approved proximity learning contract for 2019-2020