Board Briefs for May 21, 2019


Recognition of Del Valle ISD Special Olympics Team

This year Del Valle ISD athletes were awarded medals in the Area Special Olympics Bowling, Volleyball, Soccer, and Track and Field Competitions. Collectively, the Cardinals brought home 70 medals in the area-wide competitions: 30 Gold, 18 Silver and 22 bronze.


Recognition of 2019 HEB Excellence in Education Award Winner- Del Valle ISD

School Board

On Sunday, May 5, H-E-B announced the statewide winners for the 18th annual H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards during an awards ceremony at the Fairmont Hotel in

Austin. During the ceremony, the Del Valle ISD Board was recognized as School Board of the Year. With this recognition, the School Board received $25,000 to use at their own discretion. This award was in addition to $5,000 the School Board received and allocated to Education Partners when being named a finalist earlier this year. The Del Valle ISD School Board received this award after a committee visited the district for site-based interviews in response to being identified as a finalist from their submitted application.

This esteemed honor is designed to recognize school boards that have demonstrated real leadership in the community that it serves based on three basic criteria:

  • Academic/student progress within the district
  • Identification of community needs and specific actions taken based on those needs
  • New and creative methods for community engagement


Presentation of Replacement Plaques for Former Del Valle ISD Employees

Vicenta Juarez, who served DVISD for 34 years at Popham, was honored with a replacement of her retirement plaque which was lost in the Halloween flood.

Mrs. Marie Jeannette Pursley, a retired Popham Elementary Kindergarten teacher and a former Teacher of the Year, was honored with a replacement plaque which was lost in the Halloween flood.


Consider and Act on Contingent Identification of District Property for Youth Unlimited Halloween Village

The Board approved designating district property as presented for the purpose of the temporary construction and operation of a Halloween Village by Youth Unlimited, Inc. at its sole discretion and expense contingent upon its completion of a site plan, obtaining required permits, approvals and the completion of the District’s Facility / Property Use Agreement.

Youth Unlimited, Inc. proposed the temporary construction and operation of a Halloween Village on District property at its sole discretion and expense. Preliminary identification of District property for this limited purpose is necessary for Youth Unlimited, Inc. to complete its plans, obtain required permits as well as the Fire Marshall’s approval. Construction will not proceed, however, until the following contingencies are met: 1. A site plan that reasonably describes and depicts the proposed Halloween Village on District property; 2. A basic development permit is obtained from Travis County for the proposed project; 3. A mass-gathering permit, if required, is obtained from Travis County for the proposed project; 4. A Driveway in right-of-way permit, if required, is obtained from Travis County for the proposed project; 5. The Fire Marshall with jurisdiction over the project reviews and approves the site plan; and 6. Youth Unlimited, Inc fully executes the District’s Facility / Property Use Agreement. The District property proposed as the site for the Halloween Village is located immediately adjacent to the “A” entrance to Del Valle High School.


Recognition of 2018-2019 Retirees

The Board of Trustees honored retirees by recognizing their service to education and providing them with a plaque. The following were recognized:

Last Name          First Name          Yrs DVISD          Total Yrs in Education

Bristol                 Jeni                           6                         31

Cabrera              Juan                          24                       38

Deary                 Cora                          30                        41

Garcia                Molly                         17                        17

Gnuschke          Allen                           0                          2

Gutierrez           Vicente                       24                        26

Hernandez        Bertha                        41                       41

Hernandez        Mary                           1                         33

Kitchen              Kari                            11                        26

Lopez               Susan                          29                       33

Martinez           Cresencia                    7                         21

Miller                 Anna                           25                       29

Moore                Cynthia                      23                       24

Murillo                Jovita                        24                        24

Nolen                 Cheryl                       5                         29

Parmley             Joi                             27                       27

Pennington        Carol                         6                         26

Phillips               Alfred                        4                          4

Plant                  Billy                          15                        15

Randall              Billy                           3                          21

Seale                 Marinela                    14                        28

Turrubiartes       Francisco                  31                        31

Valentine           Valerie                        3                          18

Whitley              Glen                           30                        30

Williams            Brenda                       40                        40

Zachary            Cecila                         11                         20


Recognition of Del Valle High School UIL Academic Team Members for winning 1st place at District, and Advancing to Regionals, and State

 In March, members of the UIL Academic team competed at the District 25-6A Spring Academic Meet at Hays High School. The following student competitors placed second or third in their respective Individual Academic Competitions, making them eligible to compete at the Conference 6A-Region IV Meet as Regional Qualifiers: Senior Aaron Allen 3rd place in Current Issues and Events Senior Juan Banuelos 3rd in place Editorial Writing Senior Antonio Renteria 3rd place in Social Studies Sophomore Amanda Escalante 2nd place in Computer Applications At each advancing level, UIL allows for the top scoring 2nd place team to advance to the next level as the Wild Card Team. Del Valle High School earned the distinction of being the top 2nd place team in Current Issues and Events out of the 8 districts in Region IV. That team consisted of: Freshman Gabriela Rodriquez, Junior Mireya Benavides, and Seniors Aaron Allen and Antonio Renteria. The following four students distinguished themselves as District Champions by placing first in their Individual Academic Events: Senior Luis Maciel, 1st Place in Computer Applications Junior Phuong Uyen Tran, 1st Place Calculator Applications Junior Justice Warren, 1st Place in Editorial Writing and News Writing. Justice also qualified for the Regional Meet by placing 2nd in Headline Writing. At the UIL Conference 6A-Region IV Meet on the campus of the University of Texas at San Antonio, the DVHS UIL Academic Team took nine advancing individual and team competitors. At the Regional Meet Senior Antonio Renteria earned a medal when he placed 6th in Social Studies. Junior Justice Warren became Regional Champion when she placed 1st in Editorial Writing, qualifying her for the UIL State Academic Meet at the University of Texas at Austin. Justice competed at UT and placed 4th in the State in Editorial Writing. Justice is the 1st DVHS student to Win an event at Regionals since 2005 and the 1st DVHS student to place at State since 2004. Justice has also scored enough points throughout this UIL season to become eligible for consideration to the UIL All-State Journalism Staff. Senior Lily Jackson Represented Del Valle High School UIL Academics and Theatre as a Qualifier for the State Theatrical Design Competition. Competitors are asked to present a predetermined play in a way that has never been produced before. Lily competed at State in Division 2 Set Design with this year’s theme being based on the classic Roald Dahl story Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.


Recognition of National Sodexo Award: Smith Elementary Child Nutrition Staff

The Del Valle ISD Child Nutrition Team was recognized with the National Sodexo Award.  This recognition was due to the customer service the Smith Elementary Child Nutrition provides to students in ensuring that students are recognized, valued and known.


Recognition of World Affairs of Austin Global Scholars-DVHS Students

The World Affairs Council of Austin announced that seven Del Valle seniors will be awarded the Global Scholars Certificate this year. The World Affairs Council US began

this program several years ago to grant credentials to students who complete a comprehensive study in international programs.

Certification requirements include:

– completing six courses across three different disciplines that are designated as

“globally focused” by each individual high school and districts’ Global Scholars Leadership;

– demonstrating skill in a foreign language;

– participating in at least three globally-focused extra-curricular activities;

– completing a minimum of twenty hours of globally-focused service learning;

– and completing a capstone research project that encapsulates their global competency.

Del Valle is the first high school in central Texas to have students obtain this honor. The following students will be awarded the certificate:

Bryssa Rodriguez

Adonis Birch Franklin

Lance Belderol

Madison Adelstein

Jessica De Loera

Cecilia Perez

Freddy Nieto


High School teacher Michael Cunnigham sponsors the student group participating in the program.


Recognition of Trustee Award Winners

 Each semester, teachers shall recommend students in their class who, in the teachers’ judgment, should receive a Trustee award. The teachers shall submit the recommendations in

writing to the principal. Teachers shall consider grades, participation, conduct, attitude, leadership, and community service when recommending students. Grades, participation,

and conduct are defined as follows:

  1. Grades: Only students who have distinguished themselves by making the all A or AB honor rolls during the current semester shall be considered.
  2. Participation: Participation in all electives, extracurricular activities, and school clubs shall be considered.
  3. Conduct: Students assigned to any disciplinary alternative education programs or who have received any discipline referrals during the current school year shall not be

eligible for the award.

All recommended students shall be eligible for an award. Students receiving the most recommendations, per grade level, shall be considered first and given priority in selection.

Each year, five students in each grade level in high school and 7th-8th grades in middle school receive awards.


Consider and Act on Donation of HEB Excellence in Education Award

The Board approved allocating the $25,000 awarded by HEB in Excellence to Education Partners to fund student scholarships.

The Del Valle ISD Board of Trustees were named the Best Overall School Board in the State of Texas by H-E-B Excellence in Education. The DVISD Board was announced as the School Board of the Year on Sunday, May 5, at the Fairmount Hotel in downtown Austin, Texas in an awards ceremony which they competed with other school boards across the state.

With this honor, the Board was presented with a $25,000 check to allocate as they deem appropriate.


Breakthrough Austin Partnership End of the School year reporting

In February 2017, the Board first approved the partnership between Del Valle ISD and Breakthrough Central Texas. Recruitment of 5th graders going to 6th grade occurred in the Spring of 2017, 2018, and 2019. Students were recruited across all campuses to participate in the summer program, beginning in June. Breakthrough provides academically rigorous Summer Programs, supplemental after-school tutoring, Saturday enrichment programs, SAT/ACT preparation, college financial counseling, and individualized college guidance. Summer programming includes academic, character education, skill building, and leadership enhancement for the students. In addition, every Breakthrough student has a professional advisor who provides individualized, year-round case management to ensure students meet academic milestones and stay on their path from middle school to college graduation. When fully implemented, Breakthrough would support approximately 400 students in grades 6 to 12.


Communities in School (CIS) Evaluation Report

Communities in School of Central Texas provides certain social services within DVISD during the term of the contract as follows: CIS provides full-time social service professionals to be housed full-time at Del Valle High School as well as a fulltime social service professional at Dailey Middle School. CIS provides a grant funded staff member to support our pregnant and parenting teens with resource allocation. Additionally, CIS provides a special program known as the XY Zone that caters to supporting males specifically by males for males. When available CIS provides additional staff, such as, AmeriCorps members, caseworkers, university interns, volunteer tutors and mentors. CIS assigns a Program Manager that may be chosen with the input of the principals.


End of year report by Council on At-risk Youth (CARY)

CARY provides 3 full-time social service professionals. One social service professional is housed full-time at Del Valle High School, one at Del Valle Middle School, and the other at Ojeda Middle School. CARY provides, as available, additional staff, such as caseworkers, university interns, tutors, and/or mentors. CARY social service professionals may have professional level interns also providing support to students. CARY and Del Valle ISD staff cooperate in the direction and facilitation of services. More specifically, the CARY social service professionals assigned to DVHS, DVMS, and OMS deliver services to at-risk students, needing behavior interventions.


Integral Care Evaluation Report

Integral Care is a community mental health provider available to students and families in our schools. At this time  there is one therapist for every two elementary schools, on average, to split time to support campuses. Therapists are providing case management, and service coordination work, as well as support in crisis situations based on needs. The Qualified Mental Health Professionals and therapists duties may include and are not limited to providing continuity of care services, linking students and families to all needed outside resources physical, mental, and emotional health needs, coordinating, monitoring, and updating services and goals of students, provide necessary skills training, assist in crisis prevention and intervention, and provide community outreach.


Budget Update

At the April 16th, Board meeting, an update to the 4-year budget was presented at the February 23rd Board Budget workshop. The budget includes:

– Revenue/Expenditure Projections

– Staffing and Employee Compensation

– Above Allocations for Capital Improvement Projects from Excess Bond Funds.

A final version will be presented at the June board meeting for adoption.


Consider and Act on Bank Depository Contract for the 2019-2020 school year

The Board approved Wells Fargo Bank as one of the bank depository contract for the first two year extension from July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2021 with one two year extension remaining.

As required under Chapter 45, subchapter G of the Texas Education Code, we must renew our Depository contract for funds. On April 2, 2017, the district submitted an RFP for its bank depository contract. We are recommending to approve Wells Fargo Bank as one of our bank depository contract for the first two year extension from July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2021 with one two year extension remaining.


Vendor Selection for Bulk Unleaded and Diesel Fuel

The Board approved Petroleum Traders Corporation as the new vendor for bulk unleaded and diesel fuel.

As required by Board Policy CH (Legal) and CH (Local) regarding Purchasing and Acquisition, we are presenting the recommendation for selection of Petroleum Traders Corporation as the new vendor for DVISD replacing Tex Con Oil Company. Monies for the fuel are included in the 2019-2020 budget. The annual cost is estimated at $350,000, the same as last year.


Consider and Act on Travis Central Appraisal District Resolution

The Board approved the resolution as presented.

The volume of property value protests quadrupled since 2005, and the current Appraisal District facility is insufficient for the number of Appraisal Review Board panels needed in order to certify property values. The Tax Code requires that the Appraisal District get approval from taxing units for any real estate purchases. In 2018, the Appraisal District rented space at the Travis County Expo Center and contracted to rent the space for 2019. October 2018, the contract for rental was rejected the Travis County Commissioners court in favor of the Republic of Texas Biker Rally and the Texas Heat Wave Car Show. Because property appraisals are time sensitive, the Appraisal District has secured the most economical solution in order to move forward with this year’s tax protest season. The location of the new space is on Anderson Lane in Austin, TX. The Appraisal District has monies in reserve for the purchase and will not incur a cost from taxing units. The Appraisal District simply needs a resolution from our District as one of the taxing units to approve the purchase.


Closed Session

The Board approved action items that were discussed during Closed Session.


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