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Duncanville ISD Board of Trustees Meeting Summary

 

Published Feb. 9, 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, Feb. 9, 2016, included:

 
Newly Appointed Administrators

Interim Superintendent, Dr. Deborah Cron, introduced newly appointed administrators at Monday night’s board meeting.

Dr. Fanta Fridia is Duncanville ISD’s new Science Coordinator. She comes to the district with more than 10 years in education – most recently as Science Department Chair at Cedar Hill ISD.  Dr. Fridia earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology at Xavier University of Louisiana and received her Doctorate of Chiropractic from Parker College of Chiropractic.

Marcy Moran is Duncanville ISD’s new Director of Accounting. Moran was most recently employed with the Cedar Hill Independent School District as Director of Business Services. Moran received her Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Texas – Arlington.

2016-2017 Duncanville ISD District Calendar Update

After reviewing results from the 2016-2017 District Calendar survey, it is clear that calendar “B” was the most popular among staff and the community. This is the calendar that includes school ending on Thursday, June 1 for students and Friday, June 2 for teachers. What remains unclear is which semester break is ideal and if secondary or elementary campuses have a stronger preference for either. To address those questions, a second survey of only calendars B1 and B2 will be distributed this week. In addition to selecting one of these two calendars with different semester breaks, you will be asked to identify as working in a secondary or elementary school. With this information the Board of Trustees will be better informed about your interests when selecting a 2016-2017 calendar later this month. 

The survey will be posted to the district website and distributed by email later this week.

All-State Recognitions

Four Duncanville High School students received the highest recognition of individual musical achievement by qualifying for the All-State Band. They auditioned on Saturday, January 9 with students from the Dallas area, Central Texas, North Austin and North Houston.

 

State Band and one was chosen as an alternate. This achievement is a special and unique honor. The students represent the top 1-percent of all high school band students from across the state. Congratulations to:

 

Reed Giunta, English Horn

Claudia Corpeno, B-flat Clarinet

John Cruz, Baritone Saxophone

Sharif Long, Tuba

Ramiro Caballero, Tenor Trombone *all state alternate

 
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Two Duncanville High School students received the highest recognition of individual musical achievement by qualifying for the All-State Choir. Senior Jeremy Brown was selected to perform with the Texas All-State Mixed Choir in San Antonio as part of the 2015 Texas Music Educators Association Clinic/Convention. This is the second year in a row he has earned this prestigious honor, this year as 2nd chair bass in the top choir. DHS senior Joel Poole will perform in the Men’s All-State Choir. Both students were selected through a series of competitions held throughout the state at district, region, pre-area and area levels. 

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"Made with Pride in Duncanville" Recognitions

 

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Debbie Thibodeaux, a counselor at Hyman Elementary, is the Made With Pride in Duncanville – Teacher selection for the month of February. Thibodeaux has gone above and beyond to help change the culture at Hyman Elementary. She has turned the cafeteria into a Café de Hawks. Students with excellent behavior are chosen by their teachers through a daily drawing to determine who gets to eat at the Café de Hawks.  Read more.

 

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Kaelon Christle, a seventh grader at Kennemer Middle School, is the Made With Pride in Duncanville – Student selection for the month of February. Kaelon is an excellent student. His handwriting is phenomenal. He is an extremely focused student. His conduct is excellent and he works very hard to overcome any learning disadvantages in order to succeed.  He is always asking how he can do better and he goes out of his way to be courteous and polite. 

 

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Effie Calico, Nutrition Services cafeteria manager at Daniel Intermediate, is the Made With Pride in Duncanville – Staff selection for the month of February.  Daniel had a fundraiser featuring In-N-Out Burger. Most of the students bought tickets to participate, but there were still a small number of students who needed to go through the lunch line. Without hesitation, Ms. Calico made the decision to adjust the menu so that the students going through the line would also have a hamburger. This seemingly small act provided a sense of inclusion for all Daniel students. Read more.

 

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.

Chief Technology Officer, Kyle Berger, updated Trustees on training for the new student information system, Skyward.

Other Business

Approved January 11 and January 19 minutes

Approved budget amendments

Accepted financial reports

Approved RFP 14-15, 020 for asbestos abatement at Fairmeadows

Approved resolution authorizing investment brokers/dealers

Authorized investment training

Approved annual investment review of investment policy and strategies

Approved resolution authorizing the city of Dallas to represent Duncanville ISD in matter of tax foreclosure sales

Adopted the Gomez and Gomez dual language one way program for the 2016-2017 school year as amended

First reading of FFA (local) policy revisions

First reading of TASB localized policy update 103

First reading of GRA (local) presented on TASB localized policy update 103 and revised locally

Review of TASB localized policy update 103 legal policy revisions

Discussed naming the Field House in honor of Coach Bob Alpert. Trustees will vote on the naming of the Field House at the April meeting