Exciting Changes at Madison
In the coming months, Superintendent of over 20 years, Dr. Geoff Thomas will be retiring from Madison School District. Newly appointed replacement, Bobcat veteran of 18 years and current Assistant Superintendent, Randy B. Lords will be taking over as Superintendent. Lords has been Assistant Superintendent for six years and is committed to leading MSD down the path excellence.
Lords dove into the Superintendent position and has begun filling administrative openings starting with the Assistant Superintendent. Travis Schwab, current Special Service and Federal Programs Director and Head Boys Basketball Coach has accepted this position. As a Madison Bobcat Alumni, Schwab has been with the district for 15 years. Schwab started in 2005 as a counselor at Madison High and previously worked with Lords at Madison Jr. High as his assistant principal. This working relationship has continued as they have worked together as members of the district leadership team. Schwab is excited to continue to work under the phenomenal leadership of Superintendent Lords. “I am humbled for the opportunity to work alongside dedicated and inspirational teachers and staff members in Madison School District.”
To fill the vacancy in Special Services, current Madison Middle School Principal, Landon Lefevre, has accepted the position and is looking forward to the new opportunity. Lefevre has been with Madison for 14 years, start as a 3rd grade teacher at Kennedy Elementary then getting the bulk of his administrative experience at Burton Elementary for seven years.
With Lefevre accepting his new position, Madison Middle School will now be in the ever-capable hands of Mr. Kevin Carey, who is currently an assistant principal at Madison Jr. High. Carey got his start in education 18 years ago and found his way to Madison 10 years ago, taking on the position of Principal of South Forth Elementary. He remained at South Fork for five years but has also had administrative rolls at Adams Elementary and Madison Jr. High. He is humbled and ready to hit the ground running with this new position!
Filling the vacancy of Carey as Madison Jr. High Assistant Principal, will be long time educator of 23 years, Heather LaRue. LaRue has been with Madison for 11 years and has experience in special services, teaching and coaching. She is looking forward to this new opportunity in working with the administrative team.
With growing student enrollments, program expansions and facility accessibility, we are moving South Fork Principal, Willy Berry to a much-needed multifaceted position as Assistant Principal at Madison High school as well as Bobcat Fieldhouse Facility Director, and Junior High Athletic Director. Berry has been with Madison for 21 years. He began his career as a Special Education teacher at Madison High School and has since had various positions, with his most recent as principal at South Fork.
To fill the position at South Fork Elementary, we are excited to announce that Jarin Draney, current Assistant Principal at Madison Middle School, has accepted the position. While Draney is new to Madison, he is no stranger to education, working 19 years, in the neighboring District, Sugar-Salem. He began his teaching career in Physical Education, moved to 4th grade and spent the remainder of his time at Sugar there. Draney has lived in the South Fork area since 2004 and is excited to have the opportunity to work in the same area he lives.
Joining Mr. Carey at Madison Middle School and filling Draney's position as assistant principal will be Brenda Butikofer. Butikofer, new to the administration team, is currently Assistant Admin at Burton Elementary. She has been with Madison for 20 years. Seven years teaching and 11 in the Gifted and Talented program. Butikofer is looking forward to being back at the middle school and working with Mr. Carey
While this is a lot of change at one time for our District, Superintendent Lords is looking forward with confidence. “One of the constants in education is change, and with these changes that have been made to the administrative team in our district, I look forward to and expect great things from our leadership team. Our leadership team, staff, students and amazing community will continue to make Madison the best school district in the State of Idaho.” #wearemadison