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Decatur Schools appoint new superintendent

Dr. Rochelle Clark, Decatur Public Schools superintendent

URBANA – Decatur Public Schools has a new superintendent.

On Tuesday night, the board of education appointed Dr. Rochelle Clark as District 61’s new leader.

Clark started her career in 1992 as a special education teacher’s aide and worked her way up to assistant principal at three Decatur schools.

She also served as assistant superintendent of Crete-Monee School District south of Chicago.

Clark plans to hold listening sessions with students, staff, and stakeholders.

She is a native of St. Louis and earned her doctoral degree in education from Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri.

With Clark’s appointment… Champaign, Urbana, Danville, and Decatur public schools are all under the leadership of Black women superintendents.

Dr. Shelia Boozer leads the Champaign Unit 4 Schools. Dr. Alicia Geddis is the Superintendent at Danville School District 118. Dr. Jennifer Ivory-Tatum is the top administrator at Urbana School District 116.

Top row: Dr. Dr. Shelia Boozer, Champaign Unit 4 Schools superintendent and Dr. Rochelle Clark, Decatur District 61 superintendent.
Bottom row: Dr. Alicia Geddis, Danville School District 118 superintendent and Dr. Jennifer Ivory-Tatum, Urbana School District #116 superintendent.
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Reginald Hardwick

Reginald Hardwick

Reginald Hardwick is the News & Public Affairs Director for the Illinois Newsroom. He started at WILL in October of 2019 after serving as News Director for WKAR in East Lansing, Michigan. Previously, he was a news producer and manager at the NBC station in Dallas, where he won 7 Emmy awards. Born in Vietnam, Reginald is a graduate of the University of Northern Colorado. Email: rh14@illinois.edu Twitter: @RNewsWILL

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