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DPS Board of Education Appoints Bill Clevenger to Fill Vacant Seat



Decatur, Illinois — The Decatur Public Schools Board of Education voted Tuesday night to appoint Bill Clevenger to fill the vacant seat on the Board. The seat became open when President Dan Oakes stepped down from his Board position in August, following seven terms in office.

Mr. Clevenger served as Decatur Park District Executive Director for 34 years before retiring from that position in 2021. He holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in parks and recreation administration, plus an education specialist degree in community education/public administration.

In January 2021, the Illinois Park and Recreation Association named Bill Clevenger The Professional of the Year for his commitment and excellent service, saying “his desire to serve and his visionary leadership have profoundly impacted his community.”

“Bill has been a leader in our community for decades,” said Board President Andrew Taylor. “He has deep roots in Decatur and a vested interest in ensuring our schools succeed and our students get the best education possible. We are excited to welcome Bill to the DPS Board of Education.”

Those interested in serving on the Board were asked to submit their résumé and letter of intent. The Board then reviewed these documents and met with prospective candidates before selecting Bill Clevenger to appoint to the position. Mr. Clevenger was sworn in Tuesday night and will serve the remainder of the unexpired term until the next Board election in April 2023.

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