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District hires administrator; Matthew takes over as assistant supt

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, January 26, 2019
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Decatur ISD hired Jadie Matthew as the district’s assistant superintendent for operations Monday.

Matthew is expected to start the new post in mid-March. He is currently the principal at Dilley High School.

“He has 15 years as a teacher and administrator,” said Decatur ISD Superintendent Judi Whitis. “He brings a variety of knowledge and expertise. Out of 40 applicants, he rose to the top.”

Trustees voted 5-1 to hire Matthew.

“Whitis has done a good job of hiring people and we continue to trust her ability to hire people for our district,” said School Board President Cheri Boyd.

Trustee Wade Watson cast the one dissenting vote after a brief closed session.

“I had concerns about the size of districts he’s been at in the past and transitioning to a district our size and scope of responsibilities here,” Watson said. “We had a good conversation about it, but I still had my reservations about it. Hopefully he’ll do a good job for our district.”

According to his LinkedIn page, Matthew has been at Dilley for three years and before that was the high school principal at Post. He served as the superintendent for nine months at Claude.

Matthew will oversee school safety, attendance, maintenance and transportation, filling many of the roles handled by Steve White, who resigned Nov. 28. White had been in the post since July.

The district also hired Tabitha Shade as an instructional coach. She has been working at the Region 11 Education Service Center.

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