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.
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