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.