School Year Begins with Enhanced Technology, Upgraded Buildings
Students and staff at Duncanville Independent School District began the new school year at campuses that received technology upgrades, security improvements and, for many of the buildings, refurbished classrooms. The district also unveiled a new elementary campus just in time for the beginning of classes.
The district-wide improvements were made possible by Duncanville residents who approved a $102.545 bond in November 2014. Construction and upgrades are ongoing. The district plans to keep the community apprised of the projects as they progress.
Hastings Elementary School
The building is equipped with solar panels that will not only assist in producing electricity, but will also be used to teach students about solar power.
Duncanville ISD Superintendent, Dr. Marc Smith, applauded the design work by Corgan Architects and the many workers on the construction team from Northstar Builders for their dedication to the project.
“The learning courtyard is probably one of my favorite areas of the school,” Dr. Smith said. “It includes a cistern to collect rainwater that will be used in a drip irrigation system for the gardens and to be used in science experiments.”
Parents and students who came to the ribbon cutting said they love the new building and that it turned out even better than they’d anticipated.
Acton Elementary School
There are new developments regarding the construction of Acton Elementary School's new campus. Due to weather and permitting delays, the Acton move-in date will now occur with the start of 2017-2018 school year. District leaders decided delaying the move-in date is beneficial to students and staff.
The delayed move-in allows teachers and support staff the opportunity to become familiar with the new campus, to learn any new technology and to be ready to receive and educate students with the enthusiasm and dedication they deserve.
Hyman Elementary School
At Hyman Elementary School, construction occurred throughout the past year to add a new classroom wing to the building. The goal was to increase the number of students the school is able to serve. The addition was completed this summer and the new wing, built to accommodate 5th graders, opened on the first day of school.
Kennemer Middle School
The changes at Kennemer Middle School are twofold: a new addition remains under construction and the existing building was renovated and refreshed. Classrooms received new flooring, ceilings, sheetrock and paint. The hallways received an update with ceramic tile and wainscoting.
New carpet was laid in the library and the walls are freshly painted. The kitchen and cafeteria were expanded and remodeled. The changes have updated the building and provide students and staff with an enjoyable learning environment.