Duncanville ISD Board of Trustees Meeting Summary
Published May 11, 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, May 9, 2016, included:
Superintendent Presented Grants to Teachers
Duncanville ISD recently received a prestigious grant from the University of North Texas that addresses a central academic need for us. The Teacher Quality Grant supports 10 elementary math teachers, who would benefit from mentorship, rigorous training and tools to improve the instruction they provide our students. These teachers have 4th and 5th grade classrooms and are motivated to better their instruction. The grant also pays for their attendance at a conference this summer. The teachers will also be provided with an iPad to record and evaluate their lessons and to utilize math apps for classroom use. At the end of the grant period, the teachers will have earned 12 hours toward a graduate degree, including text books. Our partnership with UNT for this grant is an innovative training approach to improving math instruction in the elementary classrooms.
Lions Club Announced 2016 Literacy Awards
The Duncanville Lions Club helps district students practice their writing skills through a contest for their annual Literacy Fair. The Literacy Fair is a collaborative effort between the Duncanville Lions Club and Duncanville ISD. All district second grade students participated by writing short essays illustrating a topic. Teachers then selected one winner from each homeroom class, and approximately five from each campus who advanced to the district competition.
Congratulations to the following school winners:
Raegan Hunter, Acton
Armand Walton, Alexander
Kalista Powell, Bilhartz
Ruby Martinez, Central
Jade Muniz, Fairmeadows
Allison Cruz, Hastings
Angela Luong, Hyman
Name withheld, Merrifield
Rosemary White, Smith
“Made with Pride in Duncanville” Honorees Recognized
Tamara Gurnell is an Industrial Education teacher at Duncanville High School. Her passion for teaching students is immediately evident. She loves the campus and what it exists to do: inspire students to be better in academics and extra-curricular activities. Gurnell embodies the spirit of educators and works to keep the culture and climate as positive as possible for students, faculty and staff. She also goes above and beyond by helping at the district level. She and her students built the giant Duncanville letters used at Convocation and the Employee Appreciation event. They also built an amazing float for the Christmas parade.
Caleb Griffith is a senior at Duncanville High School. He is an amazing young man. He has incredible work ethic and his attention to detail is impeccable. Griffith has been an officer in Skills USA Engineering program for the past two years and has led the chapter to several district and state wins. He is smart, witty and talented.
Trustees received an update on Duncanville ISD’s 2014 Bond Program. View the update for more information.
Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Dr. Sandra McCoy-Jackson and Debby Moore from Texas School Procedures, LLC presented about the Duncanville High School Counseling Audit.
Trustees received a presentation about the TASB Compensation Study Highlights from Assistant Superintendent for Personnel Kathleen Brown.
Chief Technology Officer Kyle Berger gave an update on the Skyward Student Conversion.
Approved April 11 minutes
Approved budget amendments
Accepted financial reports
Approved Hankins, Eastup, Deaton, Tonn and Seay as accountants for the audit of the fiscal year ending June 30, 2016
Approved the TASB localized policy update 104
Discussed the student Code of Conduct handbook
Discussed the 2016-2017 budget preliminary draft
Discussed future use of the current Acton Elementary School building