Superintendent’s contract extended by Solana Beach School Board

After successfully leading Solana Beach School District since last year, the school board unanimously voted on Oct. 13 to extend Superintendent Terry Decker’s contract.

“I want to thank you for a wonderful year and for hitting the ground running,” board president Vicki King said to Decker.

Decker was selected as the district’s superintendent after former Superintendent Nancy Lynch returned to Northern California to serve as superintendent of Reed Union School District.

Decker previously served as the district’s assistant superintendent of instructional services. He started his new role in July 2015. His contract initially went through June 30, 2018.

After receiving a satisfactory performance evaluation for his first year, the board opted to extend the agreement for an additional year until June 30, 2019. Decker receives an annual salary of $182,603.

“I’m really happy that we’re able to extend your contract,” said board member Julie Union. “I just love how present you are in the schools and how much you care about meeting parents.”

“You’re very child-centered and I think that’s a very important attribute for somebody who sits in a leadership position in our district,” added board vice president Debra Schade.

Born in San Diego and raised on the East Coast, Decker has worked in education for more than 30 years, including two years at the San Diego County Office of Education.

Decker, who began his career as a teacher, holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from West Chester University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in educational administration from San Diego State University. He joined the Solana Beach School Board as director of instruction in 2012 and was promoted to assistant superintendent the following year.

“I am honored to be the superintendent of this school district,” Decker said. “Every day the 3,100 children come to this school district they get a remarkable education.”