Decatur, Illinois — Decatur Public Schools Board of Education President Dan Oakes is stepping
down from his position on the Board, after serving seven terms in office.
President Oakes informed the Board at Tuesday night’s regularly scheduled meeting that the
next meeting on Tuesday, August 23, 2022, will be his last. President Oakes is relocating to
Florida, a move that’s been in the works for more than a year now.
“I’ve enjoyed my time on the Board immensely, both the good and the bad, but it’s time for me to
move on, time for a change,” said President Oakes.
President Oakes was first elected to the DPS Board of Education in 1991 and has served
continuous terms since 1998. During his time on the Board, Oakes played an instrumental role in
many collective bargaining agreement negotiations, the renovation of both high schools, several
Superintendent searches, and most recently the BOLD Plan to revamp school facilities
throughout District #61.
“President Oakes has been a steady force on the Board for more than 20 years and we appreciate
his leadership tremendously,” said Dr. Rochelle Clark, Superintendent of Decatur Public Schools.
“We wish him nothing but the best as he heads for retirement in Florida.”
Board policy states that the Board has 60 days to fill the vacancy. The Board will accept résumés
from District residents who are interested in filling the vacancy. After reviewing the applications,
the Board may by majority appoint someone or invite the prospective candidate for personal
interviews to be conducted during duly scheduled closed meetings. The Board will select a
candidate to then serve the remainder of the unexpired term until the next Board election in