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Duncanville ISD Board of Trustees Meeting Summary

Published September 13, 2016

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, September 12, 2016, included:

New Administrator Introduced

Assistant Principal, Kennemer Middle School Joel Aguilar Villanueva

Mr. Aguilar Villanueva joins Duncanville Independent School District from Crowley ISD where he served as a middle school principal. Prior to Crowley ISD, Mr. Aguilar Villanueva was a principal at Dallas, Keller and Fort Worth school districts. Mr. Aguilar Villanueva also has eight years of teacher experience and served as an instructional facilitator for Curriculum and Instruction at Edgewood ISD in San Antonio. He has a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Texas A&M University- Commerce and he earned a Masters of Education degree from Our Lady of the Lake University.


Six Campuses Recognized for TEA Distinction Designations

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) announced last week that six Duncanville ISD schools received 18 distinctions for the 2015-2016 school year. These distinction designations doubled the number earned by Duncanville ISD from the previous year’s data.

The state awards distinctions for achievement in multiple areas. Distinction designations are presented to campuses based on achievement on performance indicators compared to a group of 40 campuses of similar type, size and student demographics. The six Duncanville ISD campuses that received distinction designations include Acton, Alexander, Bilhartz elementary schools, Brandenburg Intermediate School, and Byrd and Kennemer middle schools.

Click here to view a list of the TEA distinctions.


“Made with Pride in Duncanville” Honorees Recognized

Sherri Hevron is the music teacher at Central Elementary School. Mrs. Hevron coordinated the All-City Choir for 10 years and has coordinated the Central Cyclone Choir for 18 years. Mrs. Hevron stays after school to practice with her students, and also tutors students in math and reading when needed. One of Mrs. Hevron’s goals is for her students to build skills and appreciation for music.

Virginia Morganfield is the district’s elementary Nutrition Services Supervisor. Ms. Morganfield is highly organized, dependable, flexible and is happy to fill in as needed. At the core, students are always her first priority. Ms. Morganfield is creative and comes up with ways to “work smarter, not harder.”

Tanessa Smith and Manuel Rogers are fifth graders at Brandenburg Intermediate School. Both Tanessa and Manuel go above and beyond to ensure that their visually impaired classmate, Alfredo Cedillo, is supported by his peers. Tanessa and Manuel carry Alfredo’s backpack when he is in the halls, help him with his lunch tray and keep him organized during the school day.

Board Approves Tax Rate

The Board of Trustees unanimously approved the 2016-2017 tax rate at Monday’s regular meeting. The actual rate is reduced by less than a penny. The approved tax rate is $1.52148 ($1.04 for Maintenance & Operations and $0.48148 for the Debt Service Fund).


Superintendent Reports

Trustees received an update on Duncanville ISD’s 2014 Bond Program. View the update for more information.

Director of Assessment and Accountability, Nneka Bernard, presented the STAAR results and accountability ratings for the district.

Kyle Berger, Chief Technology Officer, updated the Board on the Skyward conversion.


Other Business

Approved July 25 and August 8 minutes

Approved budget amendments

Accepted financial reports

Approved textbook and district instructional materials selection committee

Approved Wi-Fi kiosk memorandum of understanding between Duncanville ISD and City of Duncanville

Approved memorandum of understanding with Mountain View College dual credit courses

Approved memorandum of understanding with Dallas County Community College District dual credit courses

Approved inter-local agreement with the University of North Texas for G-Force student mentorship program

Approved amendments to Board’s 2016-2017 operating procedures

Updated 106: EHBAF: Cameras in Special Education Classrooms policy

Approved Board room renovations

Approved resolution to certify Dallas Central Appraisal District’s certified rolls for 2016

Approved tuition for the 2016-2017 school year

Received information about HB 5 community and student engagement