Published Jan. 12, 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, Jan. 11, 2016, included:
Board approves strategic plan, provides road map for school district
The Duncanville Independent School District Board of Trustees established a clear direction for the district with the approval of a strategic plan at last night’s board meeting. In a unanimous vote, the board accepted the 2016-2021 Strategic Plan that was developed by a 30-member planning committee that met for daylong meetings last month.
“This plan shows that we are moving the district forward,” said Duncanville ISD Board of Trustees President Phil McNeely. He added that as the district proceeds to select a new superintendent, it benefits Duncanville ISD to select a leader who understands the importance of a clear direction for the district.
The Strategic Planning Committee, which consisted of teachers, principals, parents, students, community members and two school board members, developed a vision statement: “Duncanville ISD – Writing success stories, one student at a time.”
Seeing no need to change the district’s mission statement, the committee re-affirmed the mission “to provide each student with the necessary skills to achieve lifelong success and contribute to a global society.”
The committee also developed six values that placed students as the priority. Through the values everyone who plays a part in student education from parents and teachers to nurses and bus drivers were highlighted. It reads:
· We believe students are our first priority.
· We model personal integrity and ethical behavior.
· We value and respect all students, staff, families, and community members.
· We provide a safe, nurturing environment to foster academic excellence and positive relationships.
· We embrace continuous improvement, data-driven decision making, and mutual accountability for organizational excellence.
· We believe every staff member contributes to student success.
“This plan sets the district on a direction and provides alignment for all parts of the organization,” said Duncanville ISD Interim Superintendent Dr. Deborah Cron. “It serves as a road map for the entire district.”
To view the board full version of the 2016-2021 Strategic Plan, click here.
Board approves new student information system
Skyward will be the new student information system for the district starting with the 2016-2017 school year. Kyle Berger, Chief Technology Officer, will provide a training schedule for the new system next month.
“Made with Pride in Duncanville” Recognitions
Judith Figueroa, a Hastings Elementary second grade bilingual teacher, is the Made With Pride in Duncanville – Teacher selection for the month of January. Ms. Figueroa has decided to conduct parenting classes with her classroom parents during her conference period. Every Friday she teaches parents the same lessons she is teaching her students in math and reading. Her first parent class was on Friday, November 20th. She had 11 parents come and learn about two and three dimensional attributes for figures. Ms. Figueroa exemplifies the districts core belief of schools impacting communities.
Bethany Mullins, a receptionist and help desk technician, is the Made With Pride in Duncanville – Staff selection for the month of January. Ms. Mullins regularly goes above and beyond to help others. The help is provided in an upbeat and positive manner. She always works tirelessly to fix computer issues. Even if it is a minor issue, Ms. Mullins communicates effectively and often.
The Enrichment Girls, 4th graders at Acton Elementary, are the Made With Pride in Duncanville – Student selections for the month of January. The Enrichment Girls are, Mary Jane Molinar, Reese Hunter, Lilly Salcedo, Crystal Zamora, Paola Labastida and Aundrea Malveaux.
These students stay after school every Tuesday and Thursday for higher level thinking. It is a small group environment where students and teachers collaborate on questions and answers. All six girls are also on the A&B Honor Roll and receive E’s in conduct. They all want to continue to grow so they volunteer to better themselves. They are leaders of the 4th grade at Acton Elementary.
Trustees received an update on Duncanville ISD’s 2014 Bond Program. View the update for more information.
Dr. Sandra McCoy-Jackson, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, presented first quarter updates for formerly improvement required targeted improvement plans.
Campus Support Coordinator, Julie Hargrove, presented the 2014-2015 Texas Academic Performance Report.
Approved budget amendments
Accepted financial reports
Accepted the 2014-2015 Texas Academic Performance report
Approved plans for formerly improvement required campuses
Approved the DHS tennis team’s New York Trip
Called the School Board Election for May 7, 2016 for Trustee places 1, 2 and 3
Discussed the 2016-2017 budget development timeline