Muscatine school superintendent leaving for AEA job in Bettendorf

Bill Decker
Bill Decker

In an email this morning to staff members, Muscatine Community School District Superintendent Bill Decker said he will leave to become chief administrator at the Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency in Bettendorf on July 1. The Muscatine school board tonight is expected to release Decker from his contract.

Decker has been superintendent in Muscatine since 2009. During his time here, the district launched a number of new educational programs including Global Generation, or G2. The hands-on learning program for Muscatine middle and high school students calls for students to work in teams to solve problems and create class projects. The Muscatine program has been studied by some state officials who would like to introduce it statewide.

The following is a copy of the letter Decker sent to school staff members:

Dear Muscatine Community School District Staff Members:

This note is to inform you that I have been offered the position of Chief Administrator at the Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency in Bettendorf, Iowa beginning July 1, 2013. Pending release by the Muscatine School Board this evening, I plan to accept that offer.  While I am looking forward to new challenges and have been given an awesome opportunity at the AEA, I will deeply miss our continuous progress. I will miss working directly with all of you, as you are an incredible staff.

The hard work of the staff to make the district a better, more effective place for students has been appreciated. I have been fortunate to work with each of you, and the effort of all of us working together as a team is the key to many substantial improvements becoming reality in the last four years.  Each of you plays an important role in making the MCSD an exceptional place for students!

One of the most appealing aspects of my appointment to the AEA position is the fact that my family and I can remain living here in Muscatine.  I am passionate about our community and also for continuing the work in the district of making substantial improvements in results for students.  I have assured the board that I will do everything I can to enable a successful transition, and will also continue to serve in any productive way possible into the future.

I have been honored and privileged to serve as Superintendent here in Muscatine. Community support, efforts of many great people, and incredible care and passion for students are on display in our district every day.  It is truly amazing and inspiring.  The administrative team and directors are some of the most dedicated, professional and kid-centered groups I have ever been associated with.  Please continue working together and continuously improving for the good of our students and community.

In my heart, I will always be a Muskie!

Sincerely,

Bill Decker

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