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Duncanville ISD Board of Trustees Meeting Summary


Published October 11, 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, October 10, 2016, included:


New Chief Financial Officer Appointed

New CFO Named  


The Duncanville Independent School District Board of Trustees recently approved hiring an executive to head the district’s Finance Department. Jan Arrington was introduced as the new Duncanville ISD Chief Financial Officer at the monthly board meeting on Monday, Oct. 10. 

She joins Duncanville ISD from Wichita Falls ISD, where she was the Chief Financial & Operations Officer. Prior to that she had also worked in various finance positions in Rockwall ISD and Irving ISD. Ms. Arrington also has experience in the classroom, where she taught a computer science course and business. Prior to working in schools, Ms. Arrington was a bank auditor, accountant and trainer.

“I love spreadsheets and I love children. So this is a perfect fit for me,” said Ms. Arrington. “I am excited and ready to work for you and the children of Duncanville ISD.”


“Made with Pride in Duncanville” Honorees Recognized


Alleasha Austin is the Library Media Specialist at Bilhartz Elementary School. Mrs. Austin doesn’t limit herself to duties within the walls of the library. She manages the school’s website and social media accounts, and has come up with many innovative ways to increase the level of effective communication with parents and the community. Mrs. Austin also sponsors two clubs – the book and technology clubs – which allows students to use technology to develop their creativity. She also finds time to go to every classroom to makes sure all the technology is working properly.

Julie Karonka is the district’s Purchasing Specialist. Mrs. Karonka is a veteran employee who always places the best interest of students at the forefront of her daily activities. She is consistent and patient in helping employees with purchasing and warehouse questions. During a transition in department personnel, Mrs. Karonka stepped up and took a leadership role. Her hard work and dedication in overseeing the purchasing and delivery of furniture and fixtures at the new Hastings Elementary School allowed for a successful start to school.  

Dorian Judkins is a second grader at Bilhartz Elementary School. Judkins is part of the school’s basketball team and serves as a campus leader in the Jr. Executives male leadership club. He regularly participates in the after-school Homework Helpers program where he helps his classmates better understand what they are learning in class. Judkins knows the importance of being a good citizen and hopes to be a police officer when he grows up.


Custodians Recognized During National Custodian Workers Day

National Custodial Workers Day  


Earlier this month we recognized a group of employees who quietly go about the business of their day. Because they are so good at their jobs, they do not always receive the recognition they deserve – the custodial staff.

We made a special effort to honor them on a national recognition day designated for just for them. October 2 is National Custodial Workers Day. Throughout the week campuses recognized the men and women who provide our students with a safe and clean place to learn. There are early and late custodial teams, and all received special gifts.

At Alexander, the custodians enjoyed pizza. At Daniel, there were gift baskets with smiley-faced balloons. Central Administration provided cookies for all of the custodial staff as a small thank you for all of their hard work. We can’t say it enough. Thank you!


Superintendent Reports

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

Jim Richardson, Executive Director of the Duncanville ISD Education Foundation, presented the Foundation’s quarterly report.

Assistant Superintendent for Operations, Andrea Fields, presented the transportation report.

Kyle Berger, Chief Technology Officer, gave an update on Skyward.


Other Business

Approved September 12 minutes

Approved budget amendments

Approved financial reports

Approved DHS social studies students’ travel to Washington, D.C.

Approved DHS band trip to Orlando, Florida

Approved the destruction on records

Approved the declaring of inventory as surplus property

Approved the declaring of Records Management Officer and the RMO order

Approved memorandum of understanding with Northwest Missouri State University

Approved memorandum of understanding with Just Say Yes

Approved memorandum of understanding with the Texas Higher Education’s Apply Texas Counselor Suite

Approved request for maximum class size waiver

Received information about the dedication of the Bob Alpert Fieldhouse

First reading of TASB localizes policy update 105