Board Business (March 21, 2022)

A “Board Business” summary is published on the district website following regular school board meetings convened by the Duncanville ISD Board of Trustees. School board members hosted a regular board meeting on March 21, 2022. A video recording of the meeting will be available on the district website under the Board of Trustees section. 

 
‘Future Leaders Academy’ Grows Leadership Pipeline, Assists with College Costs'

Future Leaders Academy group

Duncanville ISD and the University of North Texas at Dallas (UNT Dallas) partnered to bring a new leadership opportunity designed to develop future leaders to serve in our schools.
The Duncanville ISD Future Leaders Academy is a cohort partnership with seven participants in the first class – Argentina Bannister (Byrd MS), Adam Dassow (Hardin IS), Jessica Ford (Acton ES), William Grounds (DHS), De’Evin Johnson (DHS), Ernest Quintanilla (Kennemer MS), and Amanda Rodriguez (Hardin IS). 


The inaugural cohort of educators will work to earn a master’s degree in Educational Leadership provided through UNT Dallas. For qualified candidates, Duncanville ISD will cover 50% of tuition costs. UNT Dallas is touted as the most affordable university in DFW. To learn more and consider applying for the next cohort, go to this website.
  


District Celebrates ‘Made with Pride in Duncanville’ Honorees

Made with Pride March 2022.

Each month, Duncanville ISD honors a student, staff member, and teacher who goes above and beyond. They are chosen from nominations submitted by coworkers, classmates, or community members. These individuals reflect the excellence and pride of our district and they are “Made with Pride in Duncanville.”


The March honorees include Alexander Elementary School teacher Henrietta Harris, 8th grade Byrd Middle School student London Lewis-Lavender and staff member Tiffany Wilkerson, the school district’s College, Career and Military Readiness Coordinator.  

Click here to view a video and learn more about the honorees and the reasons they were chosen. 


Superintendent’s Report

Dr.Smith and Acton Students Reading

Duncanville ISD Superintendent Dr. Marc Smith opened his report by discussing a recent visit to the Charles Acton Leadership Academy.  Dr. Smith was greeted at the doors and welcomed by student ambassadors Neveah Williams and Khloe Coleman. They walked him to a second-grade classroom, where he read “I Am Enough” by Grace Byers. The book is about empowerment and believing in yourself, an impactful story for our students.


Dr. Smith also shared information about the district’s first “My Future. My Choice. Showcase,” where families participated in hands-on activities and learned more about the choice opportunities available in Duncanville ISD.


Many of the demonstrations were student-led, such as the STEAM Academy at Kennemer Middle School students demonstrated how to program and direct robots. Students in the health science program explained the anatomy and function of the human brain. In between demonstrations, people were invited to shoot baskets with the stilt-walking man and use the 360-degree camera.


In addition to outstanding academics, the school district also offers a wide range of outstanding extracurricular activities. Both the girls and boys Duncanville High School soccer teams advanced to the playoffs and are representing Panther Pride as they continue their post-season journey.


During Spring Break, the Duncanville High School boys basketball team brought home their fourth consecutive state championship, increasing the total number of school championship titles to seven. At the same time, they’ve maintained high academic achievement. Ten of the players maintained a 3.0-grade point average (GPA) or higher and one athlete had a 4.0 GPA.
 
 

Students, staff, board members celebrating State Basketball Championship Win


 
Additional Agenda Items


The board agenda items can be found here.


Approved minutes from the regular board meeting held on February 14, 2022


Approved budget amendments


Approved financial report for January 2022


Approved the 2022-2023 Academic Calendar


Approved Youth 180 Memorandum of Understanding


Approved Marketing Purchase


Discussed Budget Development Timeline and Overview for 2022-2023 Budget


Discussed Templeton Demographics Update


Discussed Dallas College Partnership


Discussed Technology Update


Discussed COVID-19 Update