Mr. Dan Oakley, Superintendent
by Dan Oakley
Welcome to the 2010-2011 school year, one and all! I am very pleased to continue working with the students, faculty and staff, and community of Avon!
Times have been difficult in the education field across the state of Illinois for the past couple of years. As the state has run out of funds, and is essentially bankrupt, school districts have continued to step up to the plate and deliver a quality education to their students.The Board of Education, administration and staff of Avon CUSD #176 continue to work daily to provide the best to the students of the district.
Several challenges face the Avon district as we move forward, of which financial woes are a part. The district has faced a drop of enrollment across many years, providing challenges to staff to make courses available to students, primarily at the high school level. The district is also in the process of preparing for reorganization, with a Committee of 10 currently convened between the Avon, Bushnell-Prairie City, and Abingdon districts (web site).
President John F. Kennedy once said of a difficult challenge he set before the American people: "“We choose to go...not because [it is] easy, but because [it is] hard, because that goal will serve to measure and organize the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win.” So must we face the challenges set before the Avon community, with a mind set to win - not for ourselves, but for the children who are and who will be educated in the classrooms prepared and funded through the efforts and contributions of the general public. We can, and sometimes do, disagree about methods or even the substance of what is taught, but I hope that we can all agree that we have a profound duty to prepare those who follow after us, our children and grandchildren, our friends and their descendents.They are, after all, our proud presentation to generations and times awaiting them long after our efforts are exhausted.
Any community member having questions, comments, or concerns is encouraged to contact me at 309-465-3708, or via email at [email protected]
Have a great year!
Dan Oakley, Superintendent
I grew up in southern Illinois just north of Newton, Illinois. I graduated from Newton Community High School in 1982 and completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics Education at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston Illinois in 1986. I received my Masters of Science degree in Educational Administration from Western Illinois University in Macomb Illinois in 1997, and my Education Specialist certification in 2007. I am currently enrolled in the Doctoral program at Western Illinois University, with anticipated graduation in either late 2011 or in 2012.
Beth and I were married in 1991. Beth is an administrative assistant for the Vice-President for Student Services at WIU. We have raised two children, Andy (married to Callie) and Amy (married to Curtis). Andy and Callie are geologists for Anadarko Oil in Spring, TX, Amy has completed her degree in law enforcement with a minor in forensic chemistry and is IAA certified in Forensic Science, and Curtis is studying to become a physician's assistant.
My hobbies are music (both listening and singing), reading, writing, watching a lot of sports, and church activities, as well as giving the family pets - a Himalayan cat and a Shicon puppy) lots of attention.
2007-current Avon CUSD #176, Avon, Illinois - Superintendent
2003-2007 Hamilton Schools, Hamilton, Illinois - Hamilton Junior-Senior High School principal
2002-2003 Colchester Schools, Colchester, Illinois - administrative assistant, athletics and technology
1996-2002 Colchester Schools, Colchester, Illinois - athletic director and technology coordinator
1994-2002 Colchester Schools, Colchester, Illinois - high school mathematics
1988-1994 Colchester Schools, Colchester, Illinois - junior high school mathematics
1986-1988 RUCE Schools, Reddick, Illinois - jr-sr high school mathematics
Coaching and extra-curriculars - Elementary basketball, junior high baseball, basketball and math teams, high school baseball, JETS/WYSE, scholastic bowl, and other academic teams
Illinois Association of School Administrators
Western Illinois Administrators Roundtable
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
Phi Kappa Phi
Phi Delta Kappan