It's not often that you build a new multi-million dollar school, expand other campuses and upgrade technology and security and, at the same time, realize a cost-savings for the district. That's exactly what Duncanville ISD and its partners have done with the nearly-completed 2014 bond construction package. With four of the major construction projects complete, Duncanville ISD is estimating a savings return to the district of more than $1.6 million.


The savings are a result of the hard work of our contractors, architects and Duncanville ISD team as we work closely together to ensure the top value for the district in all projects.


Savings returning to the district per project:


     Hastings Elementary (new build)                              $586,704

     Hyman Elementary (expansion)                                 $231,128

     Bilhartz Elementary (expansion)                                $214,202

     Safety & Security Package 1 (multiple campuses)  $600,000


Total savings as of November 2, 2016 :                       $1,632,034


There are still several projects awaiting completion from the 2014 bond package including the new Acton Elementary School and Safety & Security Package 2. The new Acton Elementary school will open to students for the 2017-2018 school year.

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

Duncanville ISD celebrated the grand opening of Hastings Elementary School Thursday, August 18. The new state-of-the-art campus is the first new building to be completed from the bond program.


More than 250 members of the district, the city  and the community came together to open the campus including volunteers from the Bond Oversight Committee, the Chamber of Commerce, representatives from the Duncanville City Manager's office, and the Duncanville ISD Board of Trustees.


"For anyone who has purchased a new home, multiply that new home feeling by 1,000 and you'll have a taste of what our teachers, staff, students and parents feel about the new Hastings," said Board President Elijah Granger.


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


  bThere 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.




As we count down the weeks until the beginning of the new school year, several of Duncanville ISD’s building projects are nearing completion. All summer long, construction crews have been working on new campuses, building expansions, upgraded security and technology features and refurbished classrooms at many of the district’s schools. When the work is finished, every one of the district’s 18 school buildings will have been improved. The work is funded by the $102.545 million bond package passed overwhelmingly by voters in November 2014.


Hastings Elementary School

Work is ahead of schedule at Hastings Elementary
School as crews prepare the new building for students
and staff to begin the 2016-2017 school year.

One of the features that will make the new Hastings
unique is its ‘learning courtyard.’ A cistern is being
installed to collect rainwater to be used in a drip
irrigation system for experiments and other lessons.
Four arrays of solar panels on the roof will help
produce electricity to assist in powering the building.
Students will be able to see – in real time – how much
electricity is being saved by using solar power with a
digital display that shows how much solar energy
is being used as opposed to electricity.

The old building has been torn down, dirt removal is ongoing and workers are preparing to pour the new teacher parking lot where the old Hastings once stood.

The new building is expected to be completed next month with plenty of time to allow time for teachers and staff to move in prior to school starting on August 22. Landscaping and the playground will be finished in late September as scheduled.


Duncanville High School

Duncanville High School underwent two major projects this summer.

The first project concentrated on upgrading and improving security at the campus. Workers installed new security cameras and security card entry points. They also installed additional exterior lighting at key points outside the building. Automatically locking door hardware is being installed on classroom doors. This work will continue into the fall, as scheduled, during evening hours when the building is empty.

The second project focused on upgrading the sound system at Sandra Meadows Arena. Workers installed a new sound system and sprayed acoustical foam in the ceiling to dampen echoes and improve the listening environment in the gym. The new system was finished ahead of schedule and is ready for the new school year.


Kennemer Middle School & Hyman Elementary School

Both Kennemer Middle School and Hyman Elementary School are being expanded to accommodate additional students. The addition at Hyman will house 5th graders beginning this school year. Work is complete and inspections are ongoing. The project is expected to be finished by mid-August.

Workers at Kennemer have had a huge task before them this summer. Not only are they building an addition to the campus to accommodate 6th graders in the fall of 2017, they have also been refurbishing and renovating major parts of the existing building.

The kitchen renovation and expansion is coming along: walls are up, flooring is being installed and the new equipment will be in place by the end of July.

The library and administration areas received new flooring and fresh paint.

Final details are being finished in classrooms in the main building with workers preparing for the first day of school.

Acton Elementary School

Work at Acton Elementary School continues to be slightly behind schedule due to rainy weather in the spring.

Roofing began the second week of July and should be complete by the end of the month. Sheetrock is being installed inside the kitchen and administrative areas.

Outside the building, crews are working to create a turn lane on Clark Road that will be used for buses to enter on the north side of the Walmart.

Grading and irrigation for future landscaping will begin toward the end of July.

The building is expected to be complete in November.


Duncanville School Projects Progress   June 20, 2016

Duncanville ISD is entering a crucial time on several construction projects that will introduce new campuses, building expansions, upgraded safety features and refurbished classrooms at many of our facilities. Construction teams continue to make progress on the projects funded by the $102.545 million bond package overwhelmingly passed by voters in 2014.


Hastings Elementary School

The largest project expected to be completed for the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year is the construction of a brand new Hastings Elementary School.


The new Hastings is equipped with the most current security features, internet access and educational tools.  The building’s design was influenced by input by teachers, administrators and the community, and includes large classrooms and interactive areas.


Demolition is underway on the old Hastings so the parking lot and sidewalks can be completed for the new building.


Duncanville High School

Duncanville High School is closed this summer while the building receives a safety and security overhaul. Workers are installing new automatic locks and other security hardware on 512 doors, and they’re adding a total of 235 strategically located surveillance cameras to the existing system to provide a more comprehensive view of campus activities.


In addition to DHS, six other schools are receiving the security upgrades this summer: PACE High School, Summit Center and Alexander, Bilhartz, Daniel, and Smith Elementary Schools.


Kennemer Middle School & Hyman Elementary School

Hyman Elementary School and Kennemer Middle School are both being expanded to accommodate additional students. Hyman received an addition to accommodate the addition of 5th graders this school year. Workers there are completing the finishing touches including landscaping and new steps and sidewalk installation.


Along with the additional wing being built at Kennemer, the existing classrooms are being refreshed with new flooring and paint. The cafeteria and kitchen are undergoing an expansion and remodel to make room for 6th grade students who will begin attending Kennemer in the fall of 2017.


Acton Elementary School

Construction crews are making progress at the new Acton Elementary campus, but the rainy weather presented some delays in late May and early June. Roofing is expected to start soon. Once that occurs, weather will no longer be a factor because the bulk of the work, at that point, will be done inside. Workers are pushing toward a December completion date so students, teachers and staff can move in after the first of the year.


Kennemer Expansion and Renovation on Schedule   April 3, 2016

Students, teachers and staff at Kennemer Middle School are seeing big changes to their campus. Construction crews are renovating the existing building four classrooms at a time in an effort to minimize the impact to the daily routine. By May 1, the cafeteria will transition to an alternate menu for students so the expansion and complete overhaul of Kennemer’s kitchen facilities can be completed.


The Kennemer addition, which will offer 19 new classrooms and accommodate 425 additional students, is scheduled to be finished the summer of 2016.


Hyman Elementary School is also undergoing an expansion for the upcoming school year. The new fifth grade wing being constructed will add five classrooms to accommodate 110 students.



Construction on the new Hastings Elementary School is ahead of schedule. The roof is complete and finishing touches will come on the interior in the next two months.  Crews are set to demolish the old Hastings in June. Following that, concrete will be poured for the new parking lot and a new playground will be built.


The new Hastings Elementary will open for students and staff in August for the 2016 – 2017 school year.

February 8, 2016

Duncanville Independent School District celebrated the construction of the  new Acton Elementary School with the burial of a time capsule on Tuesday, February 16. Students and teachers from Acton Elementary School created a memory book containing pictures and signatures and placed it the time capsule along with other mementos from the school’s history.


The new Acton Elementary School, funded by a $102.545 million bond passed in 2014, will replace the aging campus originally built in 1978. The campus will serve pre-Kindergarten through 5th grades with room to accommodate future growth. Construction is underway with the building scheduled to be complete in January 2017.

November 11, 2015

Duncanville ISD is asking parents and community members to be patient as construction starts at Hyman Elementary School.  As part of the November 2014 bond approved by voters, Hyman Elementary will receive an addition and renovations to create a grade Pre-K through 5th grade campus.


Part of the visitor parking lot will be closed during construction. That means fewer vehicles will be able to park near the front of the school, and there will be a smaller area available for waiting vehicles. Parents who drive their children to and from school are encouraged to arrive earlier and to exercise patience while the construction is ongoing.


The expansion and improvements at Hyman Elementary are intended to provide an extraordinary learning environment for students and teachers.
The $2.5 million construction is scheduled to be completed in
June 2016.



Duncanville ISD held a “School Raising” to commemorate the framing being installed. Dignitaries, including Duncanville Mayor David Green and members of the Duncanville ISD School Board, helped students from each grade turn dirt at the construction site.


Hastings is one of two Duncanville ISD elementary schools being built with funds from a $102.545 bond passed by voters in November 2014. The new Hastings will replace the nearly 50 year old campus. The modern facility will offer the best design and technology for student learning.


At a Bond Oversight Team meeting Tuesday, August 25, members of the community heard updates on construction of the new Hastings and Acton Elementary Schools. At the Hastings site, much of the underground portion of the job is complete, and residents will soon see the work moving vertically. There have been some delays in getting permits approved for the new Acton Elementary. The builder says his workers have been able to 'move some dirt', but they're hoping to get permits done soon so they can begin construction in earnest.
See artist renderings of both schools here.


Almost 100 members of the community near Acton Elementary and Kennemer Middle Schools came out Tuesday, August 4 to hear the district’s construction plans for those campuses.  As a result of the 2014 bond, Kennemer Middle School is undergoing an expansion and update, and the new Acton Elementary School will be built on the back of the Kennemer school site.


Chief Special Projects Officer Alfred Ray led the presentation, and representatives from the architect firm for both projects, Huckabee was there to provide answers to community members’ questions.


Responding to neighbors’ concerns, the district pledged to replace at least the same number of trees that would be disturbed or removed during the construction of the entrance road to Acton from Clark Road with higher quality and stature of trees. This guarantee exceeds the City of Dallas’ requirement for tree replacement.


Construction crews have begun their work on the new Hastings Elementary School. Earth movers and other heavy equipment began excavating Saturday, June 27. They’re clearing out an area where the new building’s foundation will be poured. That work and installing underground utilities will take most of the month of July to complete.


Workers are expected to drill piers in August and the first signs of vertical construction should come in September.


When school lets out next year, the old Hastings will be demolished and the area where the school once stood will be repurposed into the new building’s parking lot.


The new Hastings Elementary is slated to open in time for the 2016 – 2017 school year.


Board Okays Bond Sale for Construction Projects  March 16, 2015

Duncanville ISD’s Board of Trustees approved the sale of $97.8 million in bonds Monday, March 16 to begin construction on two new elementary schools. The sale is part of the $102.545 million voters approved last November to replace Acton and Hastings Elementary Schools, update and expand other campuses and to upgrade technology and security district-wide. Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Alfred Ray said, “We have low interest rates right now, so we want to take advantage of that so we’re asking the board to approve 97.8 million of that 102 million so we can having the funding to do those projects.”


In February, architects took input from staff and students before drawing up designs for the new Acton Elementary and Hastings Elementary Schools. Craig Drone of Huckabee Architects said the layout for Acton came from the requests of teachers and staff, “It’s a unique building to Duncanville. It’s not something we’ve designed before.” Board members, who saw the plans at Monday night’s meeting, asked that the exterior of both elementary schools have an inviting look that would appeal to the community.  Exterior renderings will be presented to the Board later this spring. Construction is scheduled to begin in June.


acton teachers help design new school   February 19, 2015

Acton Elementary School teachers and staff met with architects from Huckabee this week to begin designing their new building. Huckabee representatives brought preliminary designs, and spent two days taking input from Acton staff about their preferences for the new school.


Charlesetta Washington, a teacher at Acton for 12 years, says Huckabee architects welcomed her requests. As Kindergarten team leader, Washington asked that the younger kids have a separate playground from the older elementary students. Washington says she is also excited about plans to build a garden where her students can grow vegetables.


The new Acton is the first construction project for the $102.545 bond overwhelmingly approved by Duncanville voters in November 2014. Groundbreaking is scheduled for June.


HASTINGS STAFF helps design new school   February 19, 2015

They’re big questions: Where should the gym be? Should kindergarten classrooms have individual bathrooms? Will my classroom have windows? Hastings Elementary School teachers and staff are getting the opportunity to help architects with Corgan Associates design their new school. This week, architects held open meetings at Hastings to present three proposed designs. Teachers and staff spent time Monday, February 16 and Tuesday, February 17 communicating what they’d like to see in their new building. Architects from Corgan brought pieces of construction paper – representing classrooms and other features – that could be arranged in different configurations like a puzzle to help district employees visualize the project.


Hastings Music teacher Robin Bennett is among the teachers who participated in the ‘visioning’ process. She said, “I think it’s very nice that they ask our opinion at all. It’s nice to feel heard and have a voice. Very glad that they’re asking educators.”


Corgan Associates Architect Devin Weaver says reaching out to teachers and staff is always a part of the planning process, “It’s been very positive and very productive. We have gotten unique opinions on things your district does different, things that they do different and ways that their students learn and it’s only going to make our facility a better one for Hastings.”


The new Hastings will be built on the current school site, allowing students to remain in the old building until the new one is complete. The district plans to break ground this summer with a January 2017 completion date.