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Welcome to Decatur County Schools

    From the Desk of Branson Townsend:

   Thank you for visiting our website! As Director of  Schools, I encourage you to visit this website for timely  information related to the programs and services  provided by the Decatur County Board of Education.

   The Decatur County School System has great  leadership provided by supervisors, program  administrators, and principals.  We have a staff of  dedicated teachers and support staff who work  tirelessly with our students to help them achieve their  highest educational potential. The teachers care about  each individual student they serve and want them to  be successful. We continually strive to provide  opportunities for professional development design.

   Through a grant funded by Utrust, weekly professional development sessions will be offered beginning on Wednesday January 21st and continuing through April  15th. The grant funds will be used as part of a compensation plan for teachers who are interested in building their instructional leadership capacity skills.  Based on the TEAM rubric, interested teachers will receive training in areas of collaborative planning with subject/grade level teams for the purpose of implementing instructional strategies designed to increase student achievement.  The sessions will be held on Wednesday afternoons from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Decatur County Riverside High School. 

   In March principals and instructional supervisors will focus on the school-based reporting process.   Dr. Connie Smith, AdvancED TN Director and Associate Director Ms. Colleen Goss, will lead a work session on Monday, March 2, 2015.  The work session is designed to build leadership capacity for principals, their school leadership teams, and central office curriculum supervisors related to student performance data, effective instructional practices, and standards-based reporting.  The UTMartin Parsons Center is providing the location for this training in the nursing wing lecture hall. This session begins at 8:30 a.m.

   On the morning of Parent-Teacher Conference Day, March 16, 2015, all professional personnel will gather from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. to participate in required inservice activities at Riverside High School. In the school cafeteria, Dr. Connie Smith will be working with all PreK-8 professional personnel on the use of TVAAS data and effective strategies for reading.  RHS Principal Hugh Smith will lead an inservice work session in the school library for the high school teachers. Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held at each school beginning at 1:00 p.m. and concluding at 7:00 p.m.

   On March 30th, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. all professional personnel will be required to participate in a two-hour in-service facilitated by Dr. Smith and Ms. Goss related to Special Education Closing the Gap/Inclusion issues/RTI2 Implementation/SBR changes plus follow-up data work.  This training will be held in the RHS cafeteria.


Branson Townsend
Director of Schools




Contact Information:

Decatur County Board of Education

Branson Townsend, Director

59 W. Main Street, P.O. Box 369

Decaturville, TN 38329


Phone: (731) 852-2391

Fax: (731) 852-2960