News From The Pews
|Posted on January 25, 2021 at 1:30 AM|
Article taken from the DNJ
Salem Elementary Principal Trey Duke will be the next Murfreesboro City Schools director, the Board of Education decided Tuesday night.
"I'm just excited to work for the students and the teachers of Murfreesboro City Schools," Duke said after the 4-3 vote. "A strong public education system is key to a strong community, and I want Murfreesboro City to continue to be the best of the best."
Duke will oversee a pre-K-6 district that had 8,361 students at 13 campuses as of Nov. 10. The board expects to approve his contract by Feb. 9 and for Duke to start April 5, Chairman Butch Campbell said.
Duke was one of five finalists for the job. The runner-up was Chris Treadway, principal at Poplar Grove Middle for Franklin Special School District. Treadway was principal at Rock Springs Middle principal in Smyrna from 2011-16 before leaving Rutherford County Schools for Franklin.
Duke will replace director Linda Gilbert, who died in May following a stroke. Interim Director Ralph Ringstaff has led the district since then in addition to his role in overseeing human resources for the system.
The board hired the Tennessee School Boards Association for $11,500 to conduct the search. Other finalists reccomended by TSBA were Tammy Garrett, principal of the city's Mitchell-Neilson Schools since 2019; Christina Harris, Wilson County Schools director of educator effectiveness since 2019; Kimberly Osborne, coordinator of data and assessment for Murfreesboro City Schools since 2018,
and former principal at Reeves-Rogers Elementary.
The four board members who voted for Duke are Wesley Ballard, Becky Goff, Jimmy Richardson III and Vice Chairman David Settles. Campbell, Roseann Barton and Amanda Moore backed Treadway in the final ballot.
Moore prior to the vote said all of the finalists were exceptional.
"There was no clear winner," said Moore, adding she had a hard time deciding who she thought was best for the job.
"This was incredibly difficult."
Before joining Murfreesboro City Schools, Duke was coordinator of federal programs and response to intervention for Rutherford County Schools (2017-19) and its coordinator of instructional technology (2013-17).
Duke's tenure at Rutherford County Schools includes being Smyrna Elementary principal (2011-2013) and assistant principal (2009-2011). He also taught fifth grade at Stewarts Creek Elementary (2007-2009) and fourth and fifth grades at David Youree Elementary(2003-2007),
both in Smyrna.