Decatur Public Schools District 61 (DPS) is seeking an accomplished, energetic, equity focused leader to be the district’s next superintendent. Located in central Illinois within easy driving distance of Chicago, St. Louis, and Indianapolis, this outstanding district currently serves approximately 8750 PK-12 students. The district has one pre-kindergarten/early learning center, five K-6 elementary schools, five K-8 schools, one middle school, two high schools, and a K-12 alternative education program as well as a social-emotional alternative program. Three of the facilities are magnet schools, including a PK-8 grade Montessori school, fine arts program, and STEM academy. The District is also the administrative agent for the Macon-Piatt Special Education District. DPS is a diverse district; 54% of the students are African American students, 36% are White, and 4% are Hispanic. Approximately 70% are identified as students from low income families.
Decatur has a long and proud history dating to 1865 and combines elements or urban, rural, and suburban environments. In addition to both an industrial and agricultural base, Decatur has fabulous restaurants, cultural events, and a generous philanthropic community which actively supports the schools. The community is clearly connected to classrooms, alumni are proud of their hometown, and business and civic partners are deeply vested in student success.
Decatur Public Schools has made its mission to educate all students for lifelong success. Their vision is that all students will become responsible, caring and productive citizens of society in a setting where: students, parents, staff, and community members share responsibility; district leadership motivates people, policies, and decisions; and all resources are used effectively and efficiently. DPS is financially sound and provides abundant academic and extracurricular opportunities for all students and prepare their students well for post-secondary success.
The district’s next leader must have high expectations for all students and value student, staff, and community voice in education as well as have the ability to rebuild and sustain a culture of trust, respect and transparency.