New Superintendent

Posted on 01/29/2021

Mr. Damon Hackett has been named Superintendent of Schools for Deer Creek-Mackinaw Community Unit School District No. 701.  The Board of Education took action at their meeting held January 21, 2021.  Mr. Hackett is the eleventh superintendent since the consolidation of the district in 1949.  Damon will assume responsibilities on July 1, 2021, replacing, Michele Jacobs, who retires after thirty-one years in education, seventeen years with the district which included four years as a teacher, ten years as a principal, and three as superintendent.

Mr. Hackett, who has served the last three years as the Assistant Superintendent at Dunlap Community Unit School District No. 323, has eleven years of experience in public education. Damon grew up in central Illinois, graduating from East Peoria Community High School. He then went on to obtain a Bachelor Degree in Business Management and Administration from Bradley University.  Mr. Hackett worked for eight years at East Peoria Community High School District 309 finishing as the Assistant Superintendent of Business.  While at East Peoria, Damon served as Speech Team coach and the School Musical director.  His interest in drama and background in business led him to work for eleven years as Business Manager at the non-profit Eastlight Theatre.  In addition to his Bachelor’s Degree, Mr. Hackett has a Master’s Degree in Education Administration with a Chief School Business Official endorsement from Northern Illinois University as well as his Superintendent endorsement from Illinois State University.

Damon is excited to become part of the district, stating, "I am humbled and honored to serve as the next superintendent of Deer Creek-Mackinaw CUSD 701. I am looking forward to some great years in education with the Dee-Mack Team! Thank you to the Board of Education for the opportunity to be a part of a great school district."

Damon’s hobbies, in addition to theatre, include supporting the Chicago Cubs and Dallas Cowboys!

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