Dunlap School District Welcomes Dr. Scott Dearman as Superintendent
The Dunlap School District #323 is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Scott Dearman as the new Superintendent of Schools effective July 1, 2018. The Board of Education unanimously approved a contract to hire Dr. Dearman at a special Board meeting held on May 2nd.
Dr. Dearman has served as the Deer Creek-Mackinaw Superintendent since 2012 and has 24 years of education experience. Prior to becoming superintendent, Dr. Dearman served in many roles including principal of Farmington Junior High and Farmington High School, assistant principal of Chillicothe Elementary Center, and as a high school mathematics teacher at Illinois Valley Central High School in Chillicothe.
Dr. Dearman holds a Master of Science Degree in Educational Administration from Illinois State University, an Education Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership from Western Illinois University, and a Superintendent’s Endorsement. In addition, Dr. Dearman obtained his doctorate degree from Aurora University in May of 2016.
Born, raised, and employed in central Illinois, Dr. Dearman is familiar with the Dunlap community. “I remember when I started my teaching career that Dunlap was the rival of IVC, but they were the smaller school at that time. It has been interesting to see the growth and transformation of the Dunlap School District over the years into one of the leading academic institutions in the State while still being true to their roots,” he stated.
Dr. Dearman’s belief is that, “At the heart of an outstanding school should be an energetic and committed administrator who values, first and foremost, the students and the staff.”
Dunlap Board President, Karen Disharoon, stated, “We are very excited to have Dr. Scott Dearman join the Dunlap School community as our new superintendent. Our decision to hire him was unanimous, and we received numerous positive comments about him from our community group who also interviewed our finalists. Dr. Dearman has an impressive depth of educational experience ranging from teaching, serving as principal, and six years as superintendent. He comes to us having had a broad range of responsibilities including finance, personnel, buildings and grounds, as well as curriculum in his most recent service as superintendent. That breadth of experience will serve him well as he takes on the role to lead our district. We extend a warm welcome to him and to his family.”
Looking forward to the next step in his career, Dr. Dearman stated, “The Dunlap community has a lot to offer, and I believe that my background and educational experiences will fit well with the Dunlap administrative team, staff, community, and students. I am very excited to have this opportunity and look forward to familiarizing myself with the school district and community. I am excited to work with a collective group with the singular focus of maximizing educational opportunities for students. It is an exciting time with the changes in my career and the fact that my children will be entering high school and junior high school this coming fall.”
Dr. Dearman will be relocating to the Dunlap area with his wife, Jill, and children, Levi (14) and Delaney (12).