Trey Duke has been named Principal of Murfreesboro City Schools’ newest elementary school, scheduled to open in August 2019. Duke will assume his new role in January and will oversee the opening and hiring for the school.
“Mr. Duke’s experience and leadership are ideal for the role of Principal of our newest school,” says Dr. Linda Gilbert, Director of Murfreesboro City Schools. “He is a student-centered instructional leader with an amazing vision for empowering students to succeed academically and personally.”
Duke has more than fifteen years in education and currently serves as the Coordinator of Federal Programs and RTI for Rutherford County Schools (RCS). In that role, Duke has provided administrative direction and support for all Federal ESEA programs and has overseen the instructional coaching program. He has been an innovative leader in instructional technology and is well-known for his commitment to the professional development of teachers and administrators. In addition, Duke has served as a classroom teacher, Assistant Principal, and Principal.
“As difficult as it is to leave Rutherford County Schools, I am excited to be a part of the Murfreesboro City Schools’ team. I look forward to being surrounded by students again on a daily basis,” says Duke. “This is a unique opportunity to be on the forefront of establishing an amazing school tradition and I want to thank Dr. Gilbert and MCS for this great opportunity. I am anxious to meet students and families and begin selecting the team for our school in the upcoming months.”
Duke received his Bachelors and Masters degrees from Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU). He is currently completing his Doctorate Degree in Assessment, Leadership and School Improvement also from MTSU. Duke has received numerous awards for his contributions to education including being named the 2018 Rutherford County Supervisor of the Year, 2016 TNTESOL Administrator of the Year, and 2008 Milken National Educator–Tennessee recipient.
The newest elementary school, referred to as Southwest Elementary until a name is selected, is located off Veterans Parkway and St. Andrews Drive. The two-story school is designed for up to 1,000 students and will follow the footprint of Overall Creek Elementary.
Three meetings are planned for November to discuss the rezoning plans for the new Southwest Elementary School. The meetings are designed to have open discussion and communication with parents and community members. The rezoning will affect homes currently in the Cason Lane, Scales, and Overall Creek areas.
Cason Lane – Nov. 12, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Scales – Nov. 14, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Overall Creek – Nov. 28, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Parents may attend any meeting regardless of location or school.
The New Elementary School Naming Contest is now open. To submit a name suggestion, please visit http://bit.ly/mcsnametheschool or email your name suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: School Naming Contest. In addition to the school name, please submit the rationale for your suggestion. A school mascot can also be suggested.
Overview of Board Policy on New School Naming:
Schools shall not be named for living persons, except for those who have rendered exemplary service to public education as recognized and attested by a vote of the Board. Two schools in the system shall not be given the same name and care should be taken to avoid similar names. Schools shall be named for: The area or community in which the school is located, or the street on which the school is located, or a street bordering the school site, if that street is well known in the community, or Presidents, governors or recognized national, state and local leaders who have made an outstanding contribution to the field of education.
All names submitted will be presented to the school naming committee. The school naming committee will present a slate of names to the City School Board for final approval. Until an official name is adopted, the school will be referenced as Southwest Elementary.
3275 St. Andrews Drive, Murfreesboro, TN 37128 (near corner of Veterans Parkway and St. Andrews Drive)
- 27-acres of land
- Two story design similar to Overall Creek Elementary.
- 140,000 square feet including 51 regular classrooms and two special education classrooms.
- School features underground geothermal heating and cooling system.
- The school gym will have bleachers that can hold 693 people and an additional 600 seats can be added on the court for stage presentations and performances.
Murfreesboro City School’s 13th elementary school is slated to open for the 2019-20 school year. The official groundbreaking was held on Tuesday, July 17 at 5:00 p.m. The school site is located at 3275 St. Andrews Drive, just off Veterans Parkway.
The two-story school will be designed for up to 1,000 students and will utilize the same plan and general layout as Overall Creek Elementary. It will be constructed on a 25-acre campus with an estimated cost of construction at $27.8 million.
“The three schools that serve the communities west of I-24 are at capacity. So we are very, very grateful to all who are working so hard to ensure the school opens by next year,” says Dr. Linda Gilbert, Director of Schools.
This fall, a school naming committee will be appointed to seek names from the community and staff. The committee will present a slate of names to the City School Board for final approval. Until an official name is adopted, the school shall be referenced as Southwest Elementary.
A geotechnical investigation found the land suitable for geothermal heating and cooling. Overall Creek and John Pittard Elementary are also geothermal schools which save thousands of dollars each year in electric bills.
With its unique focus on pre-kindergarten through sixth-grade learning, Murfreesboro City Schools is creating a vision that embodies the highest levels of collaboration, professionalism, and excellence. The district strives to meet the needs of the whole child and is committed to the personal and academic success of each child within the district.