Madill Public Schools started its school year with a new superintendent who might be familiar to the city’s neighbors.
Current Superintendent Larry Case took over the position after the departure of former superintendent Jon Tuck in the middle of the school year. Initially hired on as an interim superintendent, he took over the role formally in April. Case, formerly Dickson Public Schools’ superintendent, retired from the district in 2016.
“After 34 years I needed a break,” Case said. “I was worn out, so I had a break and jumped back on. I missed being around the kids.”
He’s not the only new face. The district saw steady growth in enrollment over the last several years, which seems to have plateaued for now. The school has roughly 1,800 students from pre-K to 12th grade. “We’ve moved up to 4A football for the first time in our school’s history, so that shows steady enrollment,” Case said.
Case said more students could join the district as the year continues. The district started their school year on August 23, slightly later than other districts.
“This is only our third full week,” Case said. “As we monitor that weekly, it’s holding steady. If anything it’s trending upward.”
In the 2014-15 school year, Madill had 1,746 students, which increased to 1,789 by 2016.
“We’re usually growing about 15 to 20 a year, for the last few years,” Case said. “We have a good industrial base so we’re getting people moving for work, we also have new businesses coming in. What’s increasing our student growth is job availability.”
With new students come new necessary accommodations. Construction on a new fine arts building is set to begin soon. The 25,000 square foot structure will be located across the street from Madill Middle School and will house art, band, speech and music classes. Case said the band has grown significantly in recent years, making the building necessary.
“When [band director Kendall Hasty] took over, we had 30 or 40,” Case said. “Now we have 150 and for a school this size, that’s amazing.”
Case said if all goes well, the center will be in use by next year.