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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.

*The Decatur County School System is committed to helping all children succeed. We have many ways to help children who are struggling to learn and who need additional supports to be successful. Response to Instruction and Intervention (RTI²) is one form of support.

What is RTI²?

RTI2 is a multi-tiered delivery system that uses a data-driven problem-solving model to identify specific student needs and match appropriate instructional strategies.

In Tennessee, the Response to Instruction and Intervention (RTI²) Framework is a component of TNCORE. The TNCORE implementation plan has three legs with student achievement at the center:

  • Assessment alignment and transparency
  • Instructional materials and curriculum
  • Quality training and meaningful support

What does the RTI² Framework look like?

The RTI² Framework has three tiers. Each tier provides differing levels of support.

  • In Tier I, all students receive research-based, high quality, general education instruction that incorporates ongoing universal screening and ongoing assessment to inform instruction.
  • In Tier II, intervention is implemented when assessment indicates that a student is not making adequate gains from Tier I instruction alone. In addition to Tier I instruction, students are provided small group interventions designed to meet their specific needs. These students are progress monitored weekly or every other week using a tool that is sensitive to measuring changes in the student’s individual skills.
  • In Tier III, more intensive interventions are provided to students who have not made significant progress in Tier II, who are more than 1.5 grade levels behind, or who are below the 10th percentile. These students are progress monitored weekly or every other week using a tool that is sensitive to measuring changes in the student’s individual skills.

Here are a few ways parents can support what their child is doing in school:

  • Make reading an everyday habit at home
  • Communicate with your child’s teacher
  • Monitor and assist with homework assignments
  • Review progress monitoring data
  • Share your child’s successes
  • Learn more about the curricula and interventions being used in your child’s school
  • Attend parent/teacher conferences and other school meetings about your child

Talk to your child’s teacher or principal for more information about how RTI² is being implemented in your child’s school.

Each citizen of Decatur County is a stakeholder in the Decatur County School System, and on behalf of the Decatur County Board of Education, I want to thank you for supporting our schools. Let us all take pride in Decatur County and Decatur County Schools as we strive to meet the academic, social, emotional, and physical needs of our children in order for each one of them to become a productive and responsible citizen.                             

*Adapted from: A Parent Advocacy Brief written by the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD)

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