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April 16, 2024

Kindergarten Round Up & Enrollment

Do you have a child who will turn 5 years old on or before August 1st, 2024? It’s time to enroll in Kindergarten for the 2024-2025 school year! Help us spread the word by sharing with your friends and neighbors in Decatur Township!

✅ Register your future Hawk online at decaturproud.org!

✅ Plan to attend Kindergarten Round Up w/ your child at your neighborhood elementary school on April 25th, 5-7 pm!

Click here for a Decatur Township Elementary Boundary Map!

✅ Bring your child’s birth certificate, proof of residency, shot records, and parent driver’s license!

✅ Be #DecaturProud!

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April 9, 2024

New Superintendent Approved for the MSD of Decatur Township

(April 9, 2024) – INDIANAPOLIS – We are Decatur Proud to announce that Scott Collins was unanimously approved by the School Board of Trustees as the new Superintendent of the Metropolitan School District of Decatur Township at the April 9th, 2024 meeting. Collins will assume the role beginning July 1st, 2024. 

Photo of Scott Collins

“I am excited about becoming a part of a school community that is Decatur Proud! As I have met with members of the community, school staff, administrators, and the school board, the love and passion for Decatur Schools is so evident,” shared Collins. “There are many great things happening in Decatur and I am looking forward to joining the Decatur Family!”

Collins brings a wealth of experience with over 28 years in education including service as a teacher, principal, personnel director, finance director, and assistant superintendent of learning. He currently serves as the Superintendent of Fayette County School Corporation, where he has led the district for eight years. During his tenure in Fayette County, Collins has overseen multiple construction and renovation projects, opened an early learning center which provides free preschool for all students, created an alternative school program serving students in grades 7-12, and realigned core curriculum in grades K-12, including the implementation of the Science of Reading. 

Prior to his return to Fayette County, where he served for one year as assistant superintendent before his transition to superintendent, Collins served over eight years as a building principal in the Avon Community School Corporation.  Before his move to Avon, he served in Fayette County as a building principal for a short time before transitioning into central office where he oversaw personnel and finance. Collins also served as a principal in Spencer County and as a teacher in Wayne County and Warren Township.

Collins holds a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University, master’s degrees from Ball State University, and an Ed.S from Indiana State University. He is currently completing his dissertation for his doctoral degree, with conferment in the summer of 2024.

School Board Members with Scott Collins

Chase Lyday, Board Member; Dale Henson, Board Secretary; Estella Vandeventer, Board Vice President; Scott Collins, Superintendent (effective 7.1.24); Judith Collins, School Board Member; Larry Taylor, Board President

The Decatur Township School Board of Education collaborated with the University Superintendent Search Team to screen and interview candidates for the position. Mr. Larry Taylor, School Board President, said, “We took into account community and staff input and survey results and approached the selection process focused on finding the best candidate to serve and advance the school district.” Taylor further shared, “Scott Collins emerged as our top candidate, bringing considerable experience as a superintendent and in additional administrative roles. We as the School Board confidently look forward to great future success for the MSD of Decatur Township with his leadership.”

Looking toward the future, Collins emphasized, “Our students deserve the very best opportunities to prepare them for career and college success. Now, more than ever in education, we must be visionary and creative in finding ways to support and teach our students while best utilizing the resources available through funding, community partnerships, and grant opportunities. I want to ensure that we are able, as a team in Decatur, to provide as many resources as possible in our classrooms, fine arts, and athletic programs. I have devoted my career to the students and families that I serve, and I cannot wait to start in Decatur Township!”

Mr. Collins, along with his wife, Ashley and their children, plan to relocate to Decatur Township from their current home this summer. Together, they look forward to joining the community and becoming Hawks!  

April 9, 2024

Decatur Central Announces 2024 Co-Valedictorians and Salutatorian

Decatur Central High School is proud to announce the top academic achievers for the Class of 2024. Congratulations to Co-Valedictorians Kylie Dalton and Aissatou Diallo and Salutatorian Kamia Moore!


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 Kylie Dalton Co-Valedictorian

Kylie Dalton is the daughter of Jennifer and Richie Dalton. She holds a 4.59 GPA and is a member of both the National Honor Society and the National Technical Honor Society. Kylie currently serves as treasurer for the NHS and volunteered in various school and community events through the organization. She played volleyball at DCHS all four years, while also playing club volleyball two of those years. “My best high school memory was last year when my volleyball team beat Mooresville for the first time in years. We were not projected to win, but won in the 5th set and the crowd was going crazy,” said Kylie. As a senior, Kylie earned All-State Academic Honors for Volleyball. She attended West Newton Elementary School and Decatur Middle School.

Kylie will attend Indiana University Bloomington this fall, where she has earned direct admission into the Kelley School of Business. She plans to major in Accounting, Finance, and Business Analytics. “Thank you to my family for always supporting me and my friends for keeping me sane through high school when I was stressed about tests,” shared Kylie. “I am Decatur Proud because I love the culture here, the people I”ve met, and the connections I’ve made.”

Aissatou Diallo Co-Valedictorian

Aissatou Diallo is the daughter of Thierno Diallo and Thimann Jallah. She earned a GPA of 4.59 and was a member of the DC Color Guard all four years. Aissatou spent the first semester of her senior year in Korea, where she was able to shadow many surgeons and anesthesiologists at a military hospital. She also visited Vietnam and Thailand during this time. In addition to this amazing experience, Aissatou also shared that, “My favorite high school memory was the Prom last year at the zoo.” Aissatou attended the Blue Academy and Decatur Middle School before DCHS. 

Aissatou will attend Indiana University Bloomington in the fall, where she will major in Biology. She then plans to advance to medical school in order to become an anesthesiologist. “I would like to thank my parents, Michelle Coar with the IT Department, and my Color Guard Coach Harley Blane,” shared Aissatou. “Thank you to all of my teachers for giving me a good experience and chances while supporting me.”






teenage girl with brown hairKamia Moore Salutatorian

Kamia Moore is the daughter of Talisa Shirley and Gary Moore. She earned a 4.5 GPA in her time at Decatur Central. Kamia is a member and President of the National Honor Society at DCHS.  She attended the Blue Academy and Decatur Middle School. Kamia’s best high school memory was during the COVID-19 pandemic her freshman year of high school. “I was in a zoom meeting for English and fell asleep. Ever since then, I’ve always been up and on time for everything,” she shared. 

In the fall, Kamia will attend Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) in Tallahassee, Florida. She plans to major in Psychology, and will then pursue a doctoral degree to become a clinical psychologist. “I want to thank my Mom because she gave me motivational speeches and pushed me hard to get everything done on time and the right way. I also am thankful for my best friends for evening it out and encouraging me,” said Kamia. She is Decatur Proud because, “the school keeps me very entertained and interested. There are alway new things and people.”

Dr. Stephanie Hofer

Interim Superintendent

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