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Duncanville ISD Board of Trustees Meeting Summary


Published December 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, December 12, 2016, included:


Duncanville High School Students Recognized for Work on Parade Float

Duncanville High School construction and art students were recognized at Monday night’s Board meeting for their work on the official Duncanville ISD parade float. Ms. Gurnell and her students constructed an elaborate design. The float featured a ski slope with LEGO figures schussing down the mountain, background music and a fan blowing ribbon to look like snow.

Mr. Tahaney’s art students made the Lego characters’ faces come to life with their attention to detail. The float received the Grand Marshall’s Award, the highest honor given by the city.   

Smith Elementary also received recognition at the parade for best use of theme.


“Made with Pride in Duncanville” Honorees Recognized

Duncanville High School teacher Dianne Williams and Kennemer Middle School teacher Steven Cain were selected as the Made with Pride in Duncanville Teachers of the Month. Both Ms. Williams and Mr. Cain are sponsors for the Youth and Government program and coordinated the district contest at DHS with more than 1,300 competitors in attendance.

Pauline Cortez is a bus monitor for children with special needs and has served in Duncanville ISD for almost 20 years.  Ms. Cortez is in tune to each child’s condition or disability and always takes special care of our students with respect, love and compassion. She has also advanced to the state level of the bus rodeo competition here she was able to showcase her know of special needs bussing. Ms. Cortez is always willing to lend a hand and help out wherever she is needed.

Brielle Taylor is a second grader at Smith Elementary School. Brielle is a great friend to all her classmates and shows what it means to treat everyone with kindness. On any given day, you will find Brielle saying kind words to others and writing notes for her classmates and teachers. Her sweet and humble spirit makes the school a brighter place.


Superintendent Reports

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

President Elijah Granger presented the required hours for continuing education for Board members.

Chief Communications Officer, Tiara Richard, presented the communications report.

Crystal Cross, Director of Staff Development, gave an update about the district’s Teacher Specialist.  

Superintendent, Dr. Marc Smith, provided an update on the November Town Hall Meeting.

Dr. Smith also presented about the new A-F accountability rating from the Texas Education Agency.


Other Business

Approved November 14 minutes

Approved class waivers

Approved budget amendments

Approved financial reports

Approved the memorandum of understanding with Achieving Leadership Institute

Approved the DHS A Cappella Choir’s trip to Branson, Missouri