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Meet our Superintendent & District Leadership


Randy Lords


“We were really happy that Randy was interested in this position and grateful he has stayed with us and not taken the many offers he has received through the years,” Kevin Howell Board Chair comments. “He is an integral part of our district and has been a big contributor to where Madison is today.”

Howell explains the discussions amongst the board as they received the notice of Superintendent Thomas’ retirement. “Randy was the first person we all thought of. We see him as the best fit for this district,” Howell explains. “We feel lucky to have the best candidate in-house, which will make for a smooth transition as well as minimize the steep learning curve that would have been inevitable for an external hire.”

Lords worked alongside Superintendent Thomas for five years as his assistant. He has worked in various positions within the Madison School District for the last 19 years and started working in Education 25 years ago.

“I am excited and honored at this opportunity to lead the most amazing faculty and staff in the State of Idaho. I look forward to assisting them as we continue to provide a world of opportunities for our incredible student body,” Lords commented. “Madison School District has a long-standing tradition of excellence and I want to continue that by keeping our focus on student success, parent involvement, supporting staff, faculty, and our connection to this great community.”

Lords has lived in the Rexburg community for 17 years with his wife of 30 years, Kristi Lords. Here they have raised five children, (three Madison graduates, two currently enrolled) and are enjoying the role of grandparents to five, (almost six) grandbabies.

Contact Information:

Phone Number: 208-359-3300


Travis Schwab

Assistant Superintendent

Contact Information:

Phone Number: 208-359-3300

Travis Schwab, also known as the "Ultimate Bobcat" is humbly serving as the Assistant Superintendent for Madison School District #321. He has dedicated 23 years of his life to shaping public education and has worked in various roles including Junior High Science Teacher, High School Counselor, School Administrator, Basketball Coach, and Director of Special Services, and Federal Programs.

Travis is a lifelong Bobcat, having attended Lincoln Elementary, Washington Middle School, Madison Junior High School, and graduating from Madison High School. His 29-year journey with Madison School District has been a blessing, spanning 11 years as a student and 18 years as a dedicated professional.

Throughout his career, Travis has worked with amazing teachers, staff members, directors, and administrators to create an inclusive and supportive learning environment for all students and parents in Madison School District #321. He believes that all students can learn and this deep conviction drives him to champion personalized education for every student's unique learning style. He also emphasizes the important role of including parents in their children's educational journey.

Travis loves working alongside our Phenomenal Superintendent and the five Incredible School Board Members to contribute to the district's success. His leadership philosophy is based on servant leadership, and he enjoys visiting all schools within the Madison School District to support students and staff members in any way he can.

Apart from his professional life, Travis has lived in the community of Rexburg for 35 years. He and his wife, Mandy, are proud parents of eight children, five of whom are Madison High School graduates, and two are currently attending schools within the School District. They also have three adorable grandchildren whom they love to spend time with.