The Duncanville ISD Board of Trustees hosted a regular board meeting on November 16, 2020. A video recording of the meeting can be viewed on the district website under Board of Trustees. Information shared and decisions made during that meeting include the following:
“Made With Pride in Duncanville” Honorees Recognized
The November “Made with Pride in Duncanville” honorees include student Ashley Yanez, staff members Joe Hannah, Marcel Wills, Montrell Edwards and Quentin Lott, and teacher Alyson Spear-Lambrecht.
Ashley Yanez is a senior at Duncanville High School who is a dedicated student and talented artist. One of her teachers said Ashley ‘exemplifies the high school motto – excellence, everywhere every day.’ Another teacher said, ‘Ashley is one of the most reliable, respectful, consistent and hard-working people she’s ever had in her classroom.’
Warehouse drivers Joe Hannah, Marcel Wills, Montrell Edwards and Quentin Lott returned to work earlier during the COVID-19 pandemic than most to address the backlog of deliveries that were holding at the warehouse. Considered essential employees, these drivers delivered thousands of masks, hand sanitizers, disinfectant equipment, face shields, desk shields and other personal protective equipment.
Alyson Spear-Lambrecht is a first grade teacher at Merrifield Elementary School. A parent who nominated Mrs. Spear-Lambrecht said, “My daughter was so nervous about going to first grade. When we met Ms. Lambrecht last year, the first thing that she asked my daughter was, ‘How can I make first grade fun for you? Throughout the school year, she supported us on our journey as parents of a hearing impaired child and even in our personal family life.”
Newly Elected Board of Trustee Begins New Role
The Duncanville ISD Board of Trustees welcomed newly elected trustee Dr. LaSonja Ivory as she was sworn into office. She will fill the role of Place 4 previously held by Renee McNeely who served as a trustee for six years. During the meeting, Mrs. McNeely shared words of encouragement with Dr. Ivory as the new trustee begins this journey. Dr. Ivory thanked Mrs. McNeely for her insight and kind words.
Dr. Ivory joins the district with more than 10 years of experience as a high school administrator. She earned her doctorate in educational leadership and policy studies from California State University, Northridge.
Duncanville ISD Superintendent Dr. Marc Smith began his report with the Family and Community Engagement (Panther F.A.C.E.) and Parent University. The Panther F.A.C.E. department is committed to keeping our families informed about the latest tech tools for learning and school information unique to this school year, such as returning to In-Person Learning.
District leaders continue to grow and learn. Dr. Smith recognized five members in the district leadership team who have recently earned their doctorate degrees. Dr. Smith congratulated Dr. Winnifred Goodman, Chief of Schools – Elementary; Dr. Melissa Kates, In-House Counsel and Special Assistant to the Superintendent; Dr. Tiffanie King, Executive Director of Academic Services; Dr. Samuel Nix, Chief of School – Secondary; and Dr. Catherine Sewell, Chief Academic Officer.
The five district leaders are not the only ones advancing their education. Dr. Smith introduced the Grow Your Own Program that gives district paraprofessionals with bachelor degrees the opportunity to earn their teaching certification. There are currently six employees in the program.
Dr. Smith thanked the Board of Trustees for the approving the one-time payment of $2,000 for all district staff who were employed as of Sept. 1, 2020. He also informed them of the appreciation felt by employees and the extensive news coverage that was received as a result.
The Duncanville High School Marching Band and High Hats held a 30-year virtual reunion that Dr. Smith attended. Former band director Dr. Tom Shine and current band director David Brandon also participated. The DHS Men’s A Capella Choir was invited to perform at the 2021 American Choral Directors Association Conference. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the students will perform virtually in January. But the invitation to perform is evidence of the growth in our choral department over the years under the direction of choir director Jesse Cannon and assistant choir director Casey LeVie.
The Duncanville ISD Education Foundation has generously donated $100,000 and will continue their fundraising efforts with the raffle of a vehicle. The generous donation will go toward the district’s goal of having one technology device per student. The education foundation will also be raffling a car that the DHS automotive students are repairing. This is an exciting opportunity for students to gain hands-on experience.
Dr. Smith concluded his report with the Giving Thanks Countdown video series. Every day during the week before Thanksgiving break, the district is celebrating groups of employees for the outstanding job they have done this school year. We are so grateful for the resilience and determination each employee has shown during these challenging times so that students can receive quality education. Staff will also receive a long sleeve T-shirt with a logo of this year’s theme – “One D’ville. One Team. One Mission. One Heart.”
The board agenda items can be found here.
Approved minutes from the October 19 board meeting
Approved financial report for August 2020
Approved budget amendments
Financial accountability rating and annual financial management report
Approved audit report and comprehensive annual financial report for 2019-2020
Approved resolution for the easements at former Acton for the Teaching and Learning Center
Approved Follett dual credit college instructional materials
Approved contracted services – Texas Association of School Administrators
Approved district, campus and targeted improvement plans
Discussed instruction materials proclamation 2021 timeline and report for adoption of pre-kindergarten materials
Discussed reopening plan