Published March 23, 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 each month at the Duncanville ISD Education Plaza (710 S. Cedar Ridge Drive). A highlight of board decisions at this month’s meeting on Tuesday, March 22, 2016, included:
The Board of Trustees welcomed the district’s next leader with a unanimous vote to hire Dr. Marc Smith at Tuesday night’s board meeting. Dr. Smith’s official first day on the job will be Monday, April 4. After his contract was signed, Dr. Smith expressed his excitement about coming to Duncanville ISD.
“I am proud to be part of the ‘City of Champions,’” said Duncanville ISD’s new Superintendent Dr. Marc Smith. “It is going to be an honor to serve with you.”
New Administrator Announced
Duncanville ISD’s new Maintenance Director, Joseph Peterka, comes to the district from Temple, Texas where he was Executive Director of Operations at Belton ISD for six years. Peterka holds a Master of Science in Education Administration from the University of North Texas. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Physical Education from Hays, Kansas. Peterka started his career as a physical education teacher in Temple, later spending nearly 10 years as an assistant principal or principal in both Temple and Belton. Peterka said he is looking forward to providing excellent leadership in his position at Duncanville ISD and hopes the environment is safe, clean, fun and functional.
Pantherettes Bring Home Ninth State Championship
The Duncanville Pantherettes finished their season the way they started it – undefeated – and brought home the Texas State Championship by defeating Spring Dekaney 76-42 on Saturday.
Sophomore Zarielle Green was named the 6A championship game MVP while senior captains Ciera Johnson, and Madison Townley were named to the all-tournament team.
Help celebrate the team’s accomplishments at the Pantherettes Champions Celebration on Thursday, April 28 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. More information to come.
Youth and Government Students Compete at State
More than 140 Duncanville ISD students recently traveled to Austin to participate at the Youth and Government State competition, making Duncanville the second largest school district in attendance.
Kennemer Middle School was named as a Premier Delegation, and students were elected to four of the top six positions at the state competition. Duncanville High School was also selected as a Premier Delegation, an honor only given to the top 10 percent of schools.
During the state competition, students write bills and present them in front of their peers. It is up to the “governor,” who is played by a student participant, to decide which bills are passed. At this year’s competition, the “governor” only passed four bills, one of them being a bill from Amaris Joubert, an eighth-grader from Kennemer Middle School. Read more.
“Made with Pride in Duncanville” Honorees Recognized
Evan Engwall, a math teacher at Central Elementary, is the Made with Pride in Duncanville – Teacher for the month for March. Engwall serves at-risk students in the math center, and is admired for reaching out to all students at Central. He organized and operates a weekly chess club during his lunch break, organizes after school tutoring in the computer lab, and has even been known to ride the bus to promote positive relationships with students. He is an educator who goes the extra mile for his campus and for their students.
Brad Hamrick, Fleet Manager for the Transportation Department, is the Made with Pride in Duncanville – Staff honoree for the month of March. Hamrick is a team player and loves working for Duncanville ISD. He is a behind the scenes warrior who helps keep the buses and white fleet operational and in-service. Hamrick does not mind working long hours if needed to ensure the students of our district have a safe way to and from school.
Jeremiah Lockhart, a sophomore at Duncanville High School, is the Made with Pride in Duncanville – Student of the month for March. Jeremiah is an excellent student leader. He participated in the STEM academy at Mountain View Community College, earning dual credit as a freshman. He was also one of two freshmen to earn advancement to the SkillsUSA State competition from the Engineering Chapter, where his team placed third in the state. This year as a sophomore, Jeremiah is a leader of the land surveying team, and finished 1st at Regionals.
Trustees received an update on Duncanville ISD’s 2014 Bond Program. View the update for more information.
Mari Zamora, Federal Programs Director, presented the second quarter update of the District Improvement Plan.
Approved budget amendments
Accepted financial reports
Approved second quarter plans for formerly improvement required campuses
Approved revisions to FFA (Local) Policy
Approved GRA (Local) as presented in TASB localized policy update 103
Approved TASB localized policy update 103
Approved the order to cancel the School Trustee election
Adjusted Board Policy EIF (Local)
Amended the Board Operating Procedures to include naming portions of district facilities
Named the Field House in honor of Coach Bob Alpert
Reviewed the Employee Engagement Survey results