Board Business 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, March 18, 2019 includes the following:
District’s First Director of Fine Arts Introduced
Steven Moss brings more than 18 years of fine arts experience to his new role as the first Director of Fine Arts for Duncanville ISD. Mr. Moss earned his Bachelor of Music Education from Henderson State University and a Master’s in Music from Southern Methodist University. He’s served as a band instructor and director at the middle school and high school levels. He currently serves as the Director of Band and Fine Art Chair in Red Oak ISD.
“Made with Pride in Duncanville” Honorees for March 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, Gabrielle Goodgames; teacher, Tennille Jones; and staff member, Elizabeth Armendariz.
Gabrielle Goodgames is a sixth grader at the STEAM Academy at Kennemer Middle School. She is a responsible, motivated and passionate student who went above and beyond for her STEAM Academy’s Shark Tank and District Science Fair submissions. The events sparked a fire inside her to create her small business Pawsome Pamper Kits, a monthly dog subscription box that includes homemade treats, soothing balms, toys and more. At the district Science Fair, Gabby wore a branded T-shirt to advertise her new company and has also created a website to sell her customizable boxes. Her entrepreneurial spirit has led her to present her kits to the Dallas Entrepreneur Center and the Southwest Airlines Innovation Team.
Tennille Jones is an eighth grade social studies teacher at Reed Middle School who wears many hats. Ms. Jones serves as a department chair, a mentor teacher and instructional support coach. She is also a member of multiple campus leadership groups and is always willing to volunteer for anything that’s needed on her campus. Ms. Jones strives to provide quality education in a safe, productive and engaged environment and is a part of the school’s Instructional Leadership Academy. Nominated by her principal Bryan Byrd, he said the impact she has made on the campus cannot be measured.
Elizabeth Armendariz is a secretary at Hastings Elementary. Ms. Armendariz received numerous nominations because of her dedication to making her school run efficiently and organized. Her fellow coworkers say she is caring, resourceful and immensely valuable to their school. Ms. Armendariz is known for being part of extracurricular activities before, during and after school and celebrating teachers and students as often as possible. She is always there for the staff, students and parents who come to the campus and has a heart of gold.
Superintendent Dr. Marc Smith began his report celebrating the Duncanville High School boys basketball team for earning the state championship on Saturday, March 9. The team made their way to San Antonio with a sendoff at the high school where a crowd of students, administrators, cheerleaders and members of the Duncanville Marching Band wished them luck. The Panthers basketball team brought home the championship trophy for the first time in more than a decade.
Dr. Smith talked about Duncanville High School Student David Mojica who has aplastic anemia, a serious disease that affect a person’s bone marrow. Without treatment, the disease can be fatal. The high school student council heard about David and decided to add a bone marrow registration drive to its spring blood drive on Thursday, March 21. Anyone can register at bethematch.org.
Dr. Smith then recognized the three high school art students who qualified for the Texas Art Education Association state competition. Senior Alejandra Terrones, junior Ariana Kimball and freshman Carolina Fletcher will submit their work to be judged at the State Visual Art Scholastic Event (VASE) in April. The group of art students from Duncanville High School received 42 awards overall.
Approved minutes for the regular February 25 board meeting
Approved budget amendments
Approved financial reports
Approved certification of instructional materials allotment use
Proclamation 2019 Selection Update – instructional materials textbook adoption
Approval of purchase for furniture and fixtures for choice programs at Reed and Byrd middle schools
Approval of purchase for technology for choice programs at Reed and Byrd middle schools and STEAM Academy at Kennemer Middle School
Schematics and cost for renovating the old administration building for the Duncanville ISD Police Department
Presentation of 2018-2019 School Health Advisory Council Report
Update on Duncanville ISD Summer Programs
Presentation of student parking regulations