The following statement is on behalf of Decatur Public Schools and Board of Education President Dan Oakes, following Tuesday night’s vote to approve a contract for an Interim Superintendent:

“DPS is pleased to welcome a familiar face back to administration in the role of Interim Superintendent. Ms. Bobbi Williams was appointed as Interim Superintendent on a vote of 6 to 1 by the Decatur Public Schools Board of Education on Tuesday night. Ms. Williams served as Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning for Decatur Public Schools from May 2014 until her retirement in July 2019. She now rejoins the district as Interim Superintendent.

“Ms. Williams began her career as a teacher at DPS in August 1984 and went on to serve as a Principal and Director of Special Programs, before she was named Assistant Superintendent. Ms. Williams also previously served as Co-Interim Superintendent in 2016 and 2017, prior to Dr. Paul Fregeau’s hiring as Superintendent.

“In making its selection of an interim superintendent, the DPS Board of Education requested a list of names from the State Board of Education of those qualified to serve in an interim leadership role. That list included 10 names. The Board also sought suggestions from others familiar with the process. A total of 13 individuals were considered for the interim position. Those individuals were screened down to four, one who later withdrew due to the extension of their current position as an interim superintendent.

“Each Board member reviewed the resumes from each of the four final candidates. In-person interviews were offered, if requested by Board members; however, none of the board members requested those interviews. Each Board member made their decision independently and a preliminary consensus was reached to offer Ms. Williams the Interim Superintendent position. Tonight’s vote during the Board of Education meeting confirmed that consensus.

“As Ms. Williams is retired, per state statute she is only permitted to work a total of 100 days during a fiscal year. The search for a permanent Superintendent will commence as soon as possible, led by search firm Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates.”

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