• School Board

    School Board Officers
    President:  Dan Oakes                                 Vice President:  Beth Nolan
    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
    Click here to Email the Board Secretary
    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
    Clilk here to Email Todd Covault   
    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 Decatur community, the Board of Education aspires to make our schools high performing and visionary. We seek to collaborate with and inspire all our stake-holders to promote a student-centered, inclusive, value-driven environment in all our schools. The school board recognized its fiduciary responsibilities and board members strive to be engaged and promote a culture conducive to learning. 
    Board of Education Core Values:
    Engaged ~ Collaborate ~ Inclusive ~ Excellence ~ Citizenship ~ Innovation
      Dan Oakes
    Phone: (217) 358-4467
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    Beth Nolan
    Vice President
    Phone: (217) 422-9500
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    Sherri Perkins
    Board Member
    Phone: (217) 425-1720
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    Brian Hodges
      Board Member
    Phone: (217) 855-7772
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    Kendall Briscoe
    Board Member
    Phone: (217) 454-5340
    Click here to Email Kendall Briscoe 
    Courtney Carson 
    Board Member
    Phone: (217) 520-0389
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    Beth Creighton
    Board Member
    Phone: (217) 521-1479
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    Click here to obtain BOE training document

    Business Meetings
    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 three (3) 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 - Beth Nolan and Brian Hodges
    Discipline Action Committee - Courtney Carson and Beth Creighton
    Schedule B - Beth Creighton and Brian Hodges 
    Decatur Public Schools Foundation - Dan Oakes 
    Class Size - Kendall Briscoe and Sherri Perkins
    Insurance - Beth Nolan

    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 June 2017 - May 2019 
    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 02, 2017 
    2017-2018 School Year  2018-2019 School Year
    *July 11, 2017
    July 10, 2018
    August 08, 2017
    July 24, 2018
    August 22, 2017 August 14, 2018
    September 12, 2017 August 28, 2018
    September 26, 2017 September 11, 2018
    October 10, 2017 September 25, 2018
    October 24, 2017 October 09, 2018
    November 14, 2017 October 23, 2018
    November 28, 2017 *November 13, 2018
    *December 12, 2017 December 04, 2018
    January 09, 2018 December 11, 2018
    January 23, 2018 January 08, 2019
    February 13, 2018 January 22, 2019
    February 27, 2018
    February 12, 2019
    March 13, 2018
    February 26, 2019
    March 27, 2018
    March 12, 2019
    April 10, 2018
    March 26, 2019 
    April 24, 2018 
    April 09, 2019
    May 08, 2018 April 23 2019
    May 22, 2018 May 14, 2019
    June 12, 2018 May 28, 2019
    June 26, 2018  

    Key: * = ONLY One Board Meeting in that Month