Board of Trustees Meeting Summary
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, November 12, 2018 includes the following:
School Police Department Launches, Officers Sworn In
The Duncanville ISD Board of Trustees marked a new beginning for the school district. For the first time in the district’s history, Duncanville ISD will have its own police department following the dissolution last year of Dallas County Schools, which had provided officers for the district.
The newly formed police department is led by Chief of Police Chavela Hampton, a former deputy police chief in the Arlington Police Department with more than 27 years of experience; Sergeant Mitchell Lambert, who has eight years of law enforcement experience; Sergeant Kristopher Dossey, who was in the Army for nine years and the Texas Department of Corrections for seven years; and Officer Chris Russell, who has six years of law enforcement experience, is a certified mental health peace officer and is a TCOLE certified instructor.
Chief Hampton was sworn in by Board of Trustees President Janice Savage-Martin and was pinned by her brother. Sergeant Lambert, Sergeant Dossey and Officer Russell were then sworn in by Chief Hampton and were pinned by their children.
Made with Pride in Duncanville Honorees for November Recognized
Each month, Duncanville ISD recognizes a student, teacher and staff member who exemplify what it means to be “Made with Pride in Duncanville.” All three honorees receive a gift bag, a surprise visit from district leaders and are featured in a video. They are also invited to attend the Duncanville ISD Board meeting where they are recognized for this honor.
This month’s Made with Pride in Duncanville honorees include: student, Angel Nuncio; teacher, Curtis Ferguson; and staff member, Angela Alvarez.
Angel Nuncio joined PACE High School in early October after spending his 9th grade year of high school in the homebound program due to health needs. Many in the Duncanville ISD family may remember a story that was published about Angel last year about his battle with cancer. Angel has made a smooth transition back to the classroom with the help of the smaller environment PACE provides and is the first PACE student who is also a member of the award-winning Duncanville Band. He is a true survivor and a model of strength and perseverance.
Curtis Ferguson is an art teacher at Byrd Middle School, but chooses to do much more than teach in the classroom. He is a positive role model for our male students and he also runs the boys program "I Am a Man". Mr. Ferguson leads the Art Club and makes cards for Byrd teachers that have celebrated their birthdays. He is also in charge of the Hispanic Festivities where he does Movie Night for students, preparing tryouts for our Hispanic Heritage program, and putting together the program. Mr. Ferguson really has the kids’ heart in mind, especially for our young boys.
Angela Alvarez has an “all in” attitude and has been instrumental in helping the Counseling Department meet basic student needs this year. The North Texas Food Bank was relocated from Cockrell Hill to Plano over the summer. Many of the campuses in Duncanville ISD have participated in the Food for Kids program that provides students with backpacks of food to take home over the weekend. When Angela heard that our students might not be able to participate in this program, she coordinated with the Counseling Department to send a driver to Plano bi-weekly to pick up food. Angela also saw a need with the Coats for Kids Program and stepped in to help. Director of Counseling Dana Harper asked Angela’s team if they would be able to pick up coats and deliver them to campuses. Angela used her common phrase, “We will do whatever we need to do help kids.” Her willingness to assist us as we partner with community stakeholders to meet student needs is very much appreciated.
Superintendent Dr. Marc Smith gave an update on current district events and information. He thanked our veterans within the district for their service and recognized the Duncanville Marching Band and High Hats for advancing to the UIL State Marching Band Competition for the 19th time in four decades. Dr. Smith acknowledged the public education results from Election Day and made a reminder that the district will be closed November 19 – 23 for Thanksgiving.
Approved minutes for the regular October 15, 2018 board meeting
Approved budget amendments
Approved financial reports
Approved audit report and comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR) for 2017-2018
Approved Memorandum of Understanding with Dallas Baptist University
Approval of Asbestos Abatement at Old Acton & Old Administration Building
Approved Duncanville High School choir attendance at the American Choral Directors Association – National Conference in Kansas City, Missouri from February 27-March 3, 2019
Approved Duncanville High School A Capella men’s choir to attend the National School Board Association in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from march 28-31, 2019.
Received information on Strategic goal #4: Focus on Employees and Organizational Improvement
Received information on a Campus Involvement Plan
Received a Dallas County Promise update
Received information on the Leadership Development Program
Received an instructional materials update