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UPDATE: Decatur School Board votes to extend superintendent’s contract through 2021

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UPDATE: Decatur School Board votes to extend superintendent’s contract through 2021

Superintendent David Dude

David Dude. Photo provided by City Schools of Decatur

The Decatur School Board on Nov. 14 voted unanimously to extend Superintendent David Dude’s contract through 2021.

The board discussed the contract in executive session following its regular meeting. School Board Chair Annie Caiola previously said that the board is happy with Dude’s work. The new contract will take effect on July 1, 2018.

Dude said he is happy to continue working in Decatur.

“I feel blessed to have this opportunity to serve the students of this amazing school district alongside dedicated, compassionate, and highly capable staff, Board members, volunteers, and parents,” Dude said. “I look forward to continuing that service for many, many years to come.”

Dude’s salary will increase to $199,000 per year for the 2018-2019 school year. His current salary is $189,000. The salary will increase to $209,000 for the 2019-2020 school year, and $219,000 for the 2020-2021 school year. He will also be eligible for $20,000 in performance bonuses every year.

Here is a copy of the contract, which Dude provided to Decaturish.


Dude joined City Schools of Decatur in 2015, replacing longtime superintendent Phyllis Edwards. He previously worked as Chief Operating Officer for the the Iowa City Community School District.

Edwards is currently a finalist for superintendent of the Dothan, Ala. school system.

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