Welcome to the Bluford USD #318 website! My name is Shane Gordon and I am the Superintendent of schools in Bluford. I am originally from Abingdon, IL. Upon graduating high school, I continued my education at Monmouth College, graduating with a Bachelor's of Arts degree in 2006. I then began teaching at Spoon River Valley High School, where I was the high school social studies department, coached football, basketball, and track, as well as a bus driver. While teaching, I earned a Master's degree from Bradley University in Peoria. In 2011, I became the Principal at Winchester High School in Winchester, IL. In 2013, I returned home to Abingdon to become the high school Principal for the newly consolidated Abingdon-Avon High School. In the fall of 2015, I began working on a Doctorate degree at Western Illinois University. I completed all of the coursework necessary to obtain my Superintendent endorsement in February of 2018. On February 17, 2020, I successfully defended my dissertation titled: The Illinois Evidence Based Funding Model: How are Tier I school districts spending new money.

I am thrilled to work for Bluford USD #318! My wife Jessica, our four children, (Lyla 9, Beau 8, Mack 4, & Dewy 2) and I reside in the northwest corner of the district. I thoroughly enjoy leading the district and creating wonderful learning opportunities for students at Bluford USD #318.

As Superintendent for the Bluford School District, I am committed to the following:

  1. Kids- I am committed to creating a learning environment which strives to meet the needs of each of our children.
  2. Be visible- Please by all means if you see me out, stop and introduce yourself. I have thoroughly enjoyed becoming a part of the Bluford community. If something is on your mind, feel free to seek me out or set up an appointment. I will do my best to assist you or point you in the right direction.
  3. Continue to grow and learn- As an educational leader, I feel it is vitally important to model lifelong learning. I read often in an attempt to continue to improve myself and I  finished my Doctoral Degree through Western Illinois University last February.  My dissertation topic was the new Evidence Based Funding Model for Illinois schools.
  4. Fostering an environment where staff can thrive-  A positive climate is essential to a wonderful learning environment.  Teachers and staff play a direct role working with our students, therefore they have the most direct impact. A positive school culture translates to success for students.
  5. Serve students, staff, and the community- Service is an important piece of leadership. I am committed to the students, staff, and Bluford community.  I am a member of the Bluford Ruritan Club as well as a board member for Junior Achievement of Jefferson County.  I also serve as a board member for the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce and I am the Vice President of the Educational Clearinghouse for the Chamber.  All of which work toward serving students and the community.