Duncanville Independent School District, Texas

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Duncanville Independent School District
Duncanville, Texas
Duncanville Independent School District logo.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Alfred Ray
Graduation rate:81.8%[1]
Number of schools:18
Budget: $124.8 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Marshal Wesley
Board members:7
Term length:3
The Duncanville Independent School District is a school district in Texas that served 13,238 students during the 2012-2013 school year.[1] The district serves K-12 students in Duncanville as well as portions of Cedar Hill, Dallas and DeSoto. Voters approved a $166 million bond package in 2001 that allowed the district to build two new schools and complete significant renovations of every existing campus.[2] Duncanville Independent School District is the 83rd-largest school district in Texas.

About the district

Duncanville Independent School District is located in Dallas County, Texas
Duncanville Independent School District is located in Duncanville, a city in Dallas County, Texas. According to the United States Census Bureau, Duncanville is home to 39,501 residents.[3]


Duncanville outperformed the rest of Texas in terms of higher education achievement in 2010. The United States Census Bureau found that 27.1 percent of Duncanville residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 26.3 percent for Texas as a whole. The median household income in Duncanville was $56,040 compared to $51,563 for the state of Texas. The poverty rate in Duncanville was 12.2 percent compared to 17.4 percent for the entire state.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2010[3]
Race Duncanville (%) Texas (%)
White 50.4 70.4
Black or African American 29.8 11.8
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.7 0.7
Asian 1.7 3.8
Two or More Races 2.5 2.7
Hispanic or Latino 35.0 37.6

Presidential votes, 2000-2012[4]
Year Democratic vote (%) Republican vote (%)
2012 57.1 41.6
2008 57.1 41.8
2004 48.9 50.3
2000 44.8 52.5

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.[5][6]


The superintendent of Duncanville Independent School District during the 2013-2014 school year was Alfred Ray. He has served in the position since his appointment in 2007. Ray previously served as the assistant superintendent of Fort Bend Independent School District in Texas.[7]

School board

The Duncanville Board of Trustees consists of seven members elected to three-year terms. Each board member is elected to a specific seat but represents the entire district. Trustees are not paid but receive compensation for travel expenses and conference fees associated with district business.[8]

Duncanville Board of Trustees
Member Place Assumed Office Term Ends
Tom Kennedy 1 2013 2016
Phil McNeely 2 2013 2016
Marlies Peregory 3 2013 2016
Louis McElroy 4 2005 2014
Marshal Wesley 5 2002 2014
Janice Savage-Martin 6 2012 2015
Carla Fahey 7 2012 2015

School board elections

See also: Duncanville Independent School District elections (2014)

Members of the Board of Trustees are elected to three-year terms on a staggered basis. Two seats are up for election on May 10, 2014. Two seats will be up for election in May 2015 and three seats will be on the ballot in May 2016.

Public participation in board meetings

The Board of Trustees maintains the following policy regarding public participation at board meetings last updated in 2004:[9]

Audience participation at a Board meeting is limited to the public comment portion of the meeting designated for that purpose. At all other times during a Board meeting, the audience shall not enter into discussion or debate on matters being considered by the Board, unless requested by the presiding officer.

At regular meetings the Board shall allot a period of time to hear persons who desire to make comments to the Board. Persons who wish to participate in this portion of the meeting shall sign up with the presiding officer or designee before the meeting begins and shall indicate the topic about which they wish to speak.

No presentation shall exceed five minutes. Delegations of more than five persons shall appoint one person to present their views before the Board.

Specific factual information or recitation of existing policy may be furnished in response to inquiries, but the Board shall not deliberate or decide regarding any subject that is not included on the agenda posted with notice of the meeting.

The presiding officer or designee shall determine whether a person addressing the Board has attempted to solve a matter administra-tively through resolution channels established by policy. If not, the person shall be referred to the appropriate policy (see list below) to seek resolution:

  • Employee complaints: DGBA
  • Student or parent complaints: FNG
  • Public complaints: GF

The Board shall not tolerate disruption of the meeting by members of the audience. If, after at least one warning from the presiding officer, any person continues to disrupt the meeting by his or her words or actions, the presiding officer may request assistance from law enforcement officials to have the person removed from the meeting.[10]


The table below displays the budget for Duncanville Independent School District:[11][12][13]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2010-2011 $68,053,518 59.2% $11,737,423 10.2% $13,550,180 11.8% $14,445,358 12.6% $7,088,745 6.2% $114,875,224
2011-2012 $70,142,513 60.3% $11,846,711 10.2% $13,193,436 11.3% $15,494,960 13.3% $5,731,115 4.9% $116,408,735
2012-2013 $62,516,823 56% $16,113,241 14.4% $13,918,467 12.5% $11,974,086 10.7% $7,059,218 6.3% $111,581,835
2013-2014 $70,428,456 56.4% $16,840,111 13.5% $14,977,155 12% $14,981,373 12% $7,564,058 6.1% $124,791,153
Averages: $67,785,327.5 58% $14,134,371.5 12% $13,909,809.5 12% $14,223,944.25 12% $6,860,784 6% $116,914,236.75

Teacher salaries

Teacher salaries at Duncanville Independent School District are categorized based on higher education achievement and years of service. A teacher with a Bachelor's degree can earn higher salaries by pursuing graduate degrees. The salary schedule also accounts for graduate degrees by providing higher starting salaries and greater potential salaries. The following table lists salaries for district teachers during the 2013-2014 school year:[14]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Median salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
B.A. 47,000 50,037 56,047
MA 48,000 51,037 57,047

Schools in Duncanville Independent School District


The district's K-12 student enrollment increased from 12,902 students during the 2010-2011 school year to 13,238 students during the 2012-2013 school year.[15][1]

District schools

Duncanville Independent School District operates 18 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[16]

Duncanville Independent School District
Acton Elementary School
Alexander Elementary School
Bilhartz Elementary School
Brandenburg Intermediate School
Byrd Middle School
Central Elementary School
Daniel Intermediate School
Duncanville High School
Fairmeadows Elementary School
Hardin Intermediate School
Hastings Elementary School
Hyman Elementary School
Kennemer Middle School
Mary E. Smithey PACE High School
Merrifield Elementary School
Reed Middle School
Smith Elementary School
Summit Learning Center

Academic performance

The Texas Education Agency issues an annual accountability report for each school district in the state. This rating determines if district schools fulfill expectations in four categories of educational achievement during a particular school year. The following terms explain these categories:

  • Student Achievement: Measures student performance on the annual Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) test.
  • Student Progress: Measures student performance in reading, math and writing courses at the district level.
  • Closing Performance Gaps: Measures year-to-year performance among students in the lowest-performing demographics.
  • Postsecondary Readiness: Measures student readiness for college, employment or military service after graduation.

Duncanville Independent School District received a Improvement Required designation on the state's 2013 report. District schools met 89% of indicators set forth by state education officials and three out of four assessment categories. The following table details the district's accountability report during the 2012-2013 school year:[17]

Performance Index Summary, 2012-2013
Category Points earned Maximum points Index score Target score
Student Achievement 20,716 29,563 70 50
Student Progress 1,160 3,800 31 21
Closing Performance Gaps 810 1,200 68 55
Postsecondary Readiness 847.2 1,1200 71 75

Contact information

Duncanville Independent School District logo.jpg
Duncanville Independent School District
710 S. Cedar Ridge Dr.
Duncanville, Texas 75137
Phone: (972)708-2000

See also

External links

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Texas Education Agency, "2012-2013 Texas Academic Performance Report," accessed February 20, 2014
  2. Duncanville Independent School District, "District Profile," accessed February 20, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 United States Census Bureau, "Duncanville, Texas," accessed February 20, 2014
  4. Dallas County Elections, "Historical Election Results," accessed February 20, 2014
  5. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  6. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off from being exactly 100 percent. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
  7. Duncanville Independent School District, "Superintendent's Office," accessed February 20, 2014
  8. Coppell Independent School District, "Eligibility/Qualifications," October 11, 2011
  9. Duncanville Independent School District, "Public Participation," July 22, 2006
  10. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  11. Duncanville Independent School District, "Duncanville Independent School District FISCAL YEAR: 2011-12," accessed December 2, 2013
  12. Texas Education Agency, "Select District for Financial (Budget 2013) Report," accessed December 11, 2014
  13. Texas Education Agency, "Select District for Financial (Budget 2014) Report," accessed December 11, 2014
  14. Duncanville Independent School District, "New Hire Salary Schedule 2013-2014," accessed February 20, 2014
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  16. Duncanville Independent School District, "Contact Us," accessed February 20, 2014
  17. Texas Education Agency, "Accountability Summary 2013: Duncanville ISD," accessed February 20, 2014