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The Decatur City School System serves over 8,500 students in eighteen schools. The district is composed of two high schools, three middle schools, twelve elementary schools, and an alternative high school. All schools are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

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Decatur City Schools
302 Fourth Avenue
Decatur, Alabama 35601

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Mrs. Karen Duke
Board President

District 3


Mrs. Duke has served on the Decatur City Board of Education since 2000. Prior to serving on the board, Mrs. Duke was both a classroom teacher in the Morgan County School system and an administrator in the Decatur City School System. In 1989, Mrs. Duke was named the Alabama Reading Teacher of the Year. Since joining the Board of Education, Mrs. Duke has been active in the Decatur City Schools Foundation and the Alabama Association of School Boards (AASB). Mrs. Duke currently serves as the District 8 Director of the AASB, and, in 2012, was named All-State School Board Member, one of only five statewide. Mrs. Duke is also a very active member of the Decatur Community. In the past she has served on the Enrichment Center Board of Directors, the Decatur/Morgan County Chamber of Commerce, the Heart Fund, the United Way, the Decatur/Morgan County Visitors Bureau, and as a Rotary Reader at Frances Nungester Decatur Elementary School. Mrs. Duke holds a B.S. in Elementary Education from Athens State University and a Masters in Elementary Education and an administrative certification from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Mrs. Duke has been married to her husband, David, for 39 years and they have two daughters, Audrey and Ashley. Both of her children are products of the Decatur City School System. Audrey is a French teacher in Mountain Brook, Alabama, and Ashley is an Ob-Gyn at Shelby Baptist Medical Center. Mrs. Duke and her husband are active members of the First Baptist Church of Decatur.
Mr. Donnie Lane

Donnie L. Lane was elected to the Decatur City Board of Education in 2008, representing District 5. He is a life-long resident of Decatur, educated in Decatur City Schools. He is a 1984 Graduate of Auburn University and is President and CEO of Enersolv Corporation in Decatur. Mr. Lane is married to Dianne Stracener Lane and has a daughter, Sarah, and a son, Daniel. They attend Beltline Church of Christ. Mr. Lane is Past President of the Kiwanis – Day Break Club, Past Chairman of the Board – Better Business Bureau, Past Chairman of the Board – Decatur-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce, and a Board member of the Pryor Field Airport Authority. Mr. Lane was instrumental in the pilot implementation and continuing program of 7 Habits in Decatur’s elementary schools.
Mrs. Peggy Baggett
Board Member


An educator with the Decatur City Schools for 21 years, Mrs. Baggett is currently an adjunct instructor at Calhoun Community College. During her 39 years as an educator, Mrs. Baggett has taught in schools in both Mississippi and Alabama. She is an avid supporter of the AP College Board Program as a teacher and a member of the State AP Team. For five years she has been a national grader of the AP Literature and Composition Exam. She is also certified in the International Baccalaureate Program. Mrs. Baggett was the 2009 Secondary Teacher of the Year for Decatur City Schools and was the Head of the English Department at Austin High School for 19 years. Mrs. Baggett retired from Decatur City Schools in 2014. She holds a BS in English Education from Mississippi University for Women and a Master’s Degree in English from Delta State University. She and her husband Wayne have two grown children, Emily and Jeremy, and two precious grandsons, Eli and Brantley. Mrs. Baggett is a member of the Southside Baptist Church.

Mr. Dwight Jett, Jr.
Board Member

District 4


Dwight M. Jett, Jr., was elected to the Board in 2000. He is a local attorney and an officer in the 1169th Engineer Group. Mr. Jett has a Bachelor's and Master's degree in History from the University of Alabama and a Juris Doctorate in Law from the University of Alabama. Mr. Jett graduated from Austin High School in 1981. He and his wife Karen Dearman Jett were born and raised in Decatur. "Together we will make a difference." 
Mrs. Michele Gray King
Board Member


Mrs. King, a lifelong resident of Decatur and a product of the Decatur School System, was elected to the Decatur City Board of Education in 2008. Prior to being elected to the board, Mrs. King was an active member of PTA. In addition, she served as secretary and chaperone coordinator for Austin High School Choral Boosters. Mrs. King has an Associate Degree from Calhoun Community College and completed her studies at Faulkner University where she earned a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree. She also has a Certification in Procurement and Acquisition Management from UAH. Mrs. King is married to Mr. Guy R. King. They have one daughter, Mallory, who is a product of the Decatur School System. Mrs. King and her family are faithful members of Garner Memorial Christian Methodist Episcopal church where she serves as a Teen Sunday School Teacher, Pianist and Director of the Board of Christian Education.
Mandi Jones
Mrs. Mandi Jones
Chief Financial Officer 


Mrs. Jones was hired as the Chief School Financial Officer in 2020. Mrs. Jones has served the Decatur City School system since 2007.  Prior to serving as the Chief School Financial Officer, she served as a local school bookkeeper, Internal Auditor, and Accounting Supervisor. Her previous experience includes working as an Assistant Controller for a publicly-traded company and auditing not for profits, governmental agencies, and defense contracts.  Mrs. Jones holds a B.S. in Commerce and Business Administration and a Masters of Accountancy both from The University of Alabama. She is a Certified Public Accountant.  Mrs. Jones is an active member of the Alabama Association of School Business Officials and has obtained certification as Chief School Finance Officer.  Mrs. Jones and her husband Marshall have three children.  Mrs. Jones and her family attend First Bible Church.