School Board

School Board Officers
President:  Sherri Perkins                          Vice President:  Barry A. Buttz
Secretary:  Melissa Bradford (ex officio)      Treasurer:  Dr. Todd Covault (ex officio)
Members of the public may obtain information regarding school board activities, FOIA requests, and other board information by contacting:
Melissa Bradford, Board Secretary
Keil Administration Building
101 West Cerro Gordo St.
Decatur, Illinois  62523

Phone: (217) 362-3011
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Board Secretary office hours are Monday - Friday, 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM.
Dr. Todd Covault
Chief Operational Officer and Treasurer
101 West Cerro Gordo St.
Decatur, Illinois 62523

Phone: (217) 362-3021
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From Your School Board:
The Decatur Public Schools Board of Education is made up of seven volunteer members. These Board members are elected by voters of the Decatur School District and represent the community by overseeing the operation of the school system. The Decatur Board of Education recognizes that the taxpayers, parents and students of Decatur have bestowed a high level of trust in us. We are focused on improving student achievement, demonstrating financial accountability and being open to the community and staff. 
We’ve set clear, ambitious academic goals, and have made a commitment to being fiscally responsible. We will ensure we use the money in our schools to provide a quality education to every student. We thank the voters of Decatur for the support they’ve shown the Decatur Public School District. Educating our children is the responsibility of the entire community, and we thank you for your effort. The joy of watching a child learn is a gift to each of us.

Board of Education Mission Statement:
As elected representatives of the community, the Decatur Public School Board establishes, promotes, reviews, and evaluates policies and programs, while setting high expectations for student learning and utilizing resources to foster a creative, effective and safe educational environment.
Brian Hodges  
Brian Hodges
  Board Member
Phone: (217) 855-7772
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 School board member Sherri Perkins headshot 
Sherri Perkins
Phone: (217) 425-1720
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 School Board Member Dan Oakes,wearing gray suit and tie.
 Dan Oakes
Board Member
Phone: (217) 875-1667
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Board member Alida Graham, wearing black shirt with pearl necklace.  
 Alida Graham
Board Member
Phone: (217) 622-4652
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Board member T.J. Jackson, Jr., wearing black suit with red and black striped tie.  
 T.J. Jackson, Jr.
Board Member
Phone: (217) 424-0082
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 Board member Barry A. Buttz, wearing black suit with blue tie.
 Barry A. Buttz
Vice President
Phone: (217) 620-7609
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       Board member Fred Spannaus, wearing, charcoal gray suit and glasses.
      Fred W. Spannaus
     Board Member
     Phone: (217) 425-2635
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Meetings are held on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 6:30 PM at the Keil Administration Building, 101 W. Cerro Gordo Street. In June, July, December and March of the 2015-2016 school year there is only one meeting. The agenda is posted on the bulletin board in the Keil Building lobby on Friday before the meeting and on this website and copies are available at the meeting.

Committee Meetings

Some matters require long deliberation, so these items may be considered at a committee meeting, when agendas are shorter and more discussion time is available. These items may then be placed on the agenda of a regular meeting when action can be taken. The Board of Education welcomes community members to join the District by serving on committees. If you are interested in doing so, please contact your local school, or the Superintendent's Office at 217 362-3010.

Executive Sessions

The Board’s business and committee meetings are open to the public. The law allows the Board to go into Closed Executive Sessions for such reasons as legal action, collective bargaining, real estate transactions and personnel matters. 

Public Participation in Board Meetings

The School Board encourages and appreciates citizen interest in meetings of the Board of Education. There is a place at the beginning of the agenda especially set aside to hear comments from visitors. Persons wishing to address the Board of Education may make written requests to the Superintendent in advance of the regular meeting or by a phone call to the Board Secretary, Melissa Bradford at 217 362-3011, or by indicating their name and topic they wish to address on the visitor sign-up book located next to the lectern before the meeting begins. The speaker should give his/her name, address, and limit his/her comments to five (5) minutes. The Board asks that courtesy and respect to others be shown. The use of specific individuals’ names, slanderous or derogatory comments about anyone cannot be permitted. The Board President has the right and may declare out of order a speaker and terminate any remarks which are not relevant or which has been previously addressed on the same subject.


Specific Issues Raised at Board Meetings

If issues raised during Public Participation require answers to questions, gathering information, or further discussion, the Board of Education may refer the matter to the Superintendent. They may also set a later time to meet with constituents. Whenever possible, you are encouraged to seek information or action first from the teacher or principal. Going directly to the source of the problem will, in many cases, clear up misunderstandings and bring the desired result. If the issue cannot be resolved at the school level, please contact Central Office and/or the Superintendent. The Board encourages citizen and staff input through participation on a variety of committees each year.

Preparation for the Meeting

The Superintendent and Board President develop the agenda the week before the meeting. Board members receive copies of agendas and explanatory materials three days before the meeting.
Board Representatives on Standing Committees:
Finance Committee - Sherri Perkins and Brian Hodges
Discipline Action Committee - TJ Jackson Jr. and Fred Spannaus
Schedule B - B.A. Buttz and Brian Hodges 
Decatur Public Schools Foundation - Sherri Perkins 
Class Size - B.A. Buttz and Fred Spannaus
Insurance - Alida Graham and TJ Jackson Jr.

Meeting Agendas

Agendas for regular meetings may include the following items:
  • Call to order - Opening of the meeting by the Board President
  • Pledge of Allegiance
  • Public Participation
  • Approval of minutes of the preceding Business Meeting of the Board of Education
  • Approval of Consent Items 
  • Approval of Roll Call Action Items 
  • Superintendent Reports - Informational Items 
  • Board of Education Discussion - Informational Items
  • Other Informational Items 
  • Adjournment

Board Election

In Decatur, Board members are elected at large, rather than by sub-district, so each member represents the entire school district. They are elected at a non-partisan election held every other year at the same time as consolidated elections usually on the 2nd Tuesday in April, unless the date covers Passover, and then it is moved to the next Tuesday. Board members are uncompensated, and do not maintain offices at the Keil Administrative Building. Their major responsibility is to establish District Policies for all district operations such as curriculum, personnel, facilities, and finance. They delegate the execution of these Policies to the District Administration. 
Board of Education Calendar for May 2015 -  June 2017 
At a meeting of the Board of Education, the Board approved holding the regular Board of Education meetings at 6:30 PM on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, unless otherwise noted (see Key below dates). All meetings, unless otherwise noted, will be held in the Board of Education room at the Keil Administration Building, 101 West Cerro Gordo, Decatur, Illinois.
                  Board Meeting Dates
                 Originally Approved May 04, 2015 and Revised and Approved June 23, 2015
2015-2016 School Year 2016-2017 School Year
*June 23, 2015 *July 12, 2016
*July 14, 2015 August 09, 2016
August 11, 2015 August 23, 2016
August 25, 2015 September 13, 2016
September 08, 2015 September 27, 2016
September 22, 2015 October 11, 2016
October 13, 2015 October 25, 2016
October 27, 2015 *November 08, 2016
*November 10, 2015 *December 13, 2016
*December 08, 2015 January 10, 2017
January 12, 2016 January 24, 2017
January 26, 2016 February 14, 2017
February 09, 2016 February 28, 2017
 February 23, 2016
 March 14, 2017 
*March 15, 2016 March 28, 2017
April 12, 2016 April 11, 2017
April 26, 2016  April 25, 2017
May 10, 2016 May 09, 2017
May 24, 2016 May 23, 2017
*June 28, 2016                

= ONLY One Board Meeting in that Month

Board of Education Standing Board Committees (2015-2017)
 Standing Committee                                 Board Members                                     
Finance Committee                                     Sherri Perkins and Brian Hodges                                                  
Discipline Action Committee                        TJ Jackson Jr. and Fred Spannaus  
Schedule B Committee                                B.A. Buttz and Brian Hodges                    
Decatur Public Schools Foundation              Sherri Perkins                      
Class Size Committee                                B.A. Buttz and Fred Spannaus                                               
Insurance Bargaining Committee                 Alida Graham and TJ Jackson Jr.