Duncanville ISD Board of Trustees Meeting Summary
Published May 9, 2017
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, May 8, 2017, included:
Duncanville ISD is now a District of Innovation. The Board of Trustees unanimously approved the plan Monday. The designation provides more local control and decision-making power regarding the school calendar, length of the instructional day and staffing. The District of Innovation Advisory Committee included teachers, parents, administrators, business and community members. They provided input for elements of the plan and removed parts that were not a good fit for our district. To view the plan approved by the Duncanville ISD Board of Trustees, click here.
Tammy Rios, a graduate of Duncanville High School, teaches 4th grade math at Alexander Elementary School. She has been with the district for five years.
Tammy’s teaching philosophy is based upon helping her students reach their fullest potential by treating them as individuals. She includes social and emotional strategies along with the academics to help students solve everyday problems. She teaches empathy and a sense of community so her students grow both as learners and human beings.
Secondary Teacher of the Year
Olish Allen teaches 7th grade math at Byrd Middle School. He has been with Duncanville ISD for 15 years.
"Made with Pride in Duncanville" Honorees Recognized
Karen Boss-Johnson and Elizabeth Hunter were selected as the Made with Pride in Duncanville Teachers of the Month. Ms. Boss-Johnson is Acton Elementary School's reading center teacher and Ms. Hunter is the school’s math center teacher. Both teachers work tirelessly to provide interventions for struggling students and support through the Response to Intervention (RTI) process. They work to create a fluid process that allows students to respond to the interventions and close academic gaps. Their classroom is a place where students feel supported and comfortable trying their best.
Daisy Cox, a clinic assistant at Central Elementary School and Hardin Intermediate School, was selected as the Made with Pride in Duncanville Staff of the Month. Recently, a student who had not been feeling well visited the clinic where Ms. Cox was working. Ms. Cox recognized that the student was very ill and needed immediate medical attention. EMS was called and the student was transported to the hospital. Thanks to Ms. Cox’s keen assessment of the situation and her level-headed and timely response, the student received treatment and has since returned to school.
Trustees received an update on Duncanville ISD’s 2014 Bond Program.
Superintendent Dr. Marc Smith gave a legislative update regarding budget and accountability.Jan Arrington, Chief Financial Officer, presented the monthly finance and budget update
Approved budget amendments
Approved financial reports
Approved local innovation plan
Approved purchase of HP chromebooks for DHS
Approved interlocal agreement between Education Service Center 19 and Duncanville ISD
Approved interlocal agreement between Education Service Center 10 multi-region purchasing cooperative and Duncanville ISD
Approved additional internet circuit
Approved revised DED (Local) policy regarding non-duty days, allowing employees on a 226-day calendar to carry over as many as 5 flex days through December of the following school year
Approved amendment to payment option under local retirement compensation plan
Approved resolution authorizing the City of Dallas to represent Duncanville ISD in the matter of tax foreclosure sales
Approved 2017-18 textbooks
Received preliminary draft of 2017-18 budget
Heard about Strategic Plan: Priority #2 – Focus on Students, Families and CommunityReceived summer school update