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Decatur County Community Schools are more than just stick and brick; we’re a community of enthusiastic and dedicated learners and educators. Read about our triumphs, policies, and the issues affecting our schools today.

Free At-Home Kindergarten Readiness Program

If you have a child that will be entering kindergarten in 2019, Waterford Upstart program may be right for you. Upstart is a free computer-based program for low-income families. While enrolled, Waterford will provide internet and a free computer, which upon completion of the program, is yours to keep. Your child will enjoy learning about reading, math, and science in a fun independent way. Please note that the registration deadline is August 24, 2018. To learn more about the program or to pre-register, please see the following documents:

Public Hearing Notices

Notice is hereby given to taxpayers of Decatur County Community Schools that the proper officers of Decatur County Community Schools will conduct a public hearing on the year 2019 proposed capital projects plan pursuant to IC 20-40-18-6 on Wednesday, August 22 at 6:00 p.m. Following the public hearing, the proper officers of Decatur County Community Schools may adopt the proposed plan as presented or with revisions. Please see the CPF hearing notice for more information.

Notice is also hereby given to taxpayers of Decatur County Community Schools that the proper officers of Decatur County Community schools will conduct a public hearing on the year 2019 proposed bus replacement plan pursuant to IC 20-40-18. The hearing will be on Wednesday, August 22 at 6:00 p.m. Please see the bus replacement hearing notice for more information.

Teacher Of The Year Finalist

Dottie HellmichCongratulations to Dottie Hellmich for being named a 2019 Indiana Department of Education teacher of the year finalist!

Dottie has been in education for 24 years. She graduated from IUPUI in 1993 and began her teaching career as a sixth grade teacher at St. Mary’s School in Greensburg, Indiana. After three years there, she moved across town to North Decatur Elementary School where she has taught sixth grade, the gifted and talented program, and fourth grade. Her combined passion for teaching and technology has opened doors to new opportunities. For the last five years, she has served as the technology integration specialist at North Decatur Elementary, where students are 1:1 with iPads in grades k-6. This position allows her to work with both teachers and students throughout the school. She provides professional development opportunities for teachers on many topics and teaches lessons for students on digital citizenship, coding, and topics related to technology use. Her life outside of work includes her husband, two children, and one grandchild. She enjoys spending time with family, reading, crafting, and quiet time at home.