Message from the Superintendent

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Dr. Alfred Ray

We are excited and proud to welcome nearly 13,000 young people back to school this week.  Their accomplishments, coupled with those of our staff, continue to demonstrate the quality education provided in our district. During the past year and this summer, Duncanville ISD announced that DHS teacher Angela Banks was named Region 10 Secondary Teacher of the Year (out of 56 districts) – a second consecutive recognition for our district; we launched Phase II of the district’s Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS) program; established a Ninth Grade Academy at Duncanville High School for at-risk students; and earned Gold Star recognition for financial transparency in the Texas Comptroller Leadership Circle. These are just a few of the many accolades I could point to.

And although the Duncanville ISD horizon is positive, I can’t say the same about our state legislature. Over the summer, our state leaders cut approximately $4.4 billion from school funding, adding to the current burden of austerity measures within our district. Duncanville ISD will receive approximately $5 million less for the 2011-12 school year and $2 million less in 2012-13. Our fiscal planning over the past four years has positioned us to temporarily manage through this loss in funds, but our current Fund Balance can only sustain current programming for the short term.

My commitment to you is that we will remain fiscally responsible and committed to dedicating as many taxpayer dollars as possible to the classroom.  We will also continue to live by our core beliefs of Purposeful EngagementQuality Teachers,Collaboration and Continuous ImprovementValuing Each Individual, and Schools Impacting Community.  Because of where we are today, I am confident we will continue to be even better.