Decatur Public School District announces interim superintendent

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DECATUR, Ill. (WCIA) —

Bobbi Williams was voted in as Interim Superintendent for Decatur Public Schools. The Decatur School Board also talked about plans for hiring a permanent Superintendent. Current superintendent, Paul Fregeau, leaves later this month for a job in St. Louis.

The school board had a list of 13 names. 10 of those names were from the State Board of Education. The board started narrowing down to four candidates. Tonight, they voted 6 to 1 for Bobbi Williams.

Williams was a teacher at DPS, before moving to the role of Principal and Director of Special Programs. She was then named Assistant Superintendent and served as Co-Interim Superintendent before retiring. The board also discussed the search for a permanent Superintendent.

“We will do, as you will hear in a moment, an inclusive and engaging process through what the communities’ needs are, what your needs are, to bring you a slate who is the right fit, the perfect fit, to take care of the most important people in education today,” Max Magee with Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates, said.

Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates are helping with the hiring process.

We told you yesterday that one group was not happy with the board’s decision. They wanted Assistant Superintendent, Jeff Dase, to be put in the interim position.

Decatur Public Schools officials released a statement regarding the announcement of Bobbi Williams as the appointed interim superintendent for the school district.

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