Deer Creek Schools will start the 2010-11 school year with a new person at the helm. Sean McDaniel, a former superintendent of Coweta Schools, will lead the district into the next decade. He takes over for Superintendent Rebecca Wilkinson, who stepped down from the district’s top job after 12 years of service. McDaniel said he wants to build on the success the district has had and "take them to the next level.” He said he intends to keep the focus on the students and their well-being. "It’s not a matter of changing directions,” McDaniel said. "They’re heading in a great direction; it’s a matter of continuing to do the things they’ve done.” McDaniel will take over one of the fastest growing school districts in the state. Since 2002, the district has grown between 10 and 11 percent each year. The once tiny school district now has more than 3,000 students. To keep up with the growth, district administrators brought a $142 million bond proposal before voters in November that aimed to increase the district’s student capacity. The bond measure included funds for a second middle school near Sorghum Mill Road and May Avenue. The $50 million school will have 30 classrooms, including two art rooms, computer labs and a band/choir room. The school also would get a gymnasium, media center and a cafeteria with a stage as well as athletic fields and facilities. Plans also call for the construction of a fifth elementary school near Rockwell and NW 150, a 50-classroom expansion at the high school and a $28 million performing arts and athletic center. Another $10 million would be used to buy new computers, classroom equipment and other digital devices. The middle school is the first of the projects scheduled to be built. School officials broke ground on the new school in April and hope to have the building complete by the fall of 2011. Jim Benson, who has served on the school board since 2001, predicted the new schools and additions will spur a new boom of residential and commercial construction in the district. Benson said the new facilities likely will create more home construction, but he thinks it also will entice more businesses to move to the area. "I think this is a turning point for us,” he said.