From the Decatur High School website…
Homecoming Parade and GameOn Friday 10/16, we continue the tradition of the Homecoming Parade beginning at 5:30 pm, which includes athletic and club representatives and the Homecoming Court.Kick-off time for the Homecoming Game is 7:30 pm against Douglass High School. Half time will include a presentation of the band’s halftime show, Sounds from the Silent Era, recognition of Homecoming Class Representatives and Homecoming Court, and end with the crowning of the Homecoming King and Queen.We encourage all students to come and cheer on the Bulldogs, enjoy the halftime show, and watch the crowning of the Homecoming royalty.
From the Decatur Minute…
Lifelong Decatur Presents: City Schools of Decatur Bond Referendum Information Session
You are invited to attend an information session on the upcoming City Schools of Decatur bond referendum on Thursday, October 15, 6:30pm at Decatur Recreation Center, 231 Sycamore Street.
City Schools of Decatur board members and staff will be in available to answer questions. Find out more about the proposed school construction projects, so you can make an informed decision when you vote.
This meeting is presented by For more information about the bond, visit the City Schools of Decatur website at http://csdecatur.net. For more information about Lifelong Decatur and the board, contact [email protected] or 678-553-6548.
CSD just sent out a blast notice announcing that Dr. David Dude is the finalist Decatur’s Superintendent.
He is currently the Chief Operating Officer for Iowa City Community School District.
Here’s CSD’s release…
The City Schools of Decatur Board of Education is proud to announce that Dr. David Dude has been selected as the finalist for Superintendent of Schools.
Dr. Dude is from the Iowa City Community School District where he serves as the Chief Operating Officer responsible for nearly all aspects of operational efficiency and effectiveness in the district. As Chief Operating Officer, Dr. Dude helped academic and curricular initiatives prosper by transforming infrastructure, technology and operational support. After designing and implementing a district-wide technology initiative, he led the district’s Facilities Master Planning process, leading to the adoption of a 10-year plan which includes three new 500-student elementary schools and a new 1500-student comprehensive high school.
The Board selected Dr. Dude following a robust national search facilitated by consulting firm Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates (HYA). A key component of the search was soliciting input from stakeholders regarding the characteristics the new Superintendent should possess. HYA met with 360 stakeholders including students, staff, parents and community members and received nearly 700 responses to the online survey.
More than eighty-five applications were received from thirty-eight states. Current superintendents represented 20% of the applicant pool and assistant superintendents, chiefs and deputy superintendents represented 25-30% of the pool. The Board reviewed applications and selected applicants to interview. Semi-finalist candidates were selected and invited back for a second interview with the Board. A community panel interviewed the semi-finalist candidates and provided feedback to the Board.
“On behalf of the Board, I would like to express our sincere gratitude to the staff, students, parents and community members for taking the time to share input to inform this process,” said Board Chair Garrett Goebel. “Also, thank you to the members of the community interview panel for the many hours of work to provide valued feedback. We are confident that we have found the right leader for City Schools of Decatur.”
City Schools of Decatur has placed a special session on its school calendar for tomorrow morning at 8:30am with an action item of “Superintendent Search Update”.
Now the AJC is also reporting that there is also another action item of “Superintendent Search Finalist announcement if process is complete.”, but I haven’t found that on the CSD agenda myself. But they note…
Between August 18 and Sept. 16 the board interviewed eight candidates, and Board Chair Garrett Goebel previously said it would announce up to three finalists. But the second action item clearly indicates a single-person announcement.
So I guess we’ll see!
From the Westchester Elementary School Leadership Committee…
Westchester Elementary School had its first “Walk & Roll to School” event on Friday, September 11. The “Walk & Roll” program has been a popular way for students and parents to foster a sense of community, walkability, fitness, and conservation. This “Walk & Roll” will look very different from those in the past—students and parents will carry bright, yellow caution flags. Westchester has provided the flags due to an increase in traffic fatalities and accidents along Scott Boulevard, which fronts the school. “It is our hope that the flags will not only increase the visibility and safety of our students and parents, but also raise awareness about the dangerous traffic conditions along Scott,” said Kimberly Head Amos, the head of Westchester’s School Leadership Team (SLT) Safety
The Safety Committee has been meeting for over a year to discuss improvements to the traffic and pedestrian conditions along Scott as well as the surrounding surface streets and intersections. Committee members have met with city and state authorities as well as various community groups in an effort to make this part of Decatur safer and more pedestrian friendly for everyone. “The officials with whom we have met—and there have been many—all want to help us achieve our goal. Unfortunately, there is a lot of red tape and budget concerns around the issue. The flags are our way to provide an immediate impact while we continue to push for change,” commented Rachel Cogburn, a committee lead on inter-agency planning and cooperation.
The growing congestion on the streets of the metro area is a current problem which needs a long-term solution. This has led to creative involvement on the part of community and school groups, such as the efforts by the Westchester Elementary School’s Safety Committee. Drivers should slow down and drive carefully when they see these yellow flags; people’s safety and lives depend on it.
Here’s the final list of Decatur residents who have qualified for the November election, with candidates who have qualified since yesterday highlighted in yellow.
All these races combined with the school system’s bond vote should make for a very interesting election season!