The month of August kicked off the school year for Dickson County teachers, staff, administrators and students.

One of the highlights for the county was the opening of Burns Middle School on Highway 96. The school was needed to help offset overcrowding especially for Dickson Middle School.

BMS principal Corey Duke said he is excited about the opportunities that await the new school that opened Aug. 1 with 560 students and 49 teachers.

Duke began with his role as an elementary PE teacher at The Discovery School. He also served as baseball coach for Dickson High School.

In 2007 he became the assistant principal position at Creek Wood High School, serving three years in that position. He then became the principal at Creek Wood, where he served for four years.

In 2014 he returned to the classroom for two years and then became the principal of Dickson Intermediate School.

Duke talked about the overcrowding and how Burns Middle School will help address it, citing that at Dickson Middle School there are roughly 900 students the seventh and eighth grades.

“I see such strong, committed community support from everywhere here with people excited about helping,” he said. “It’s a good mix of people that want to help out and show support. Everything is in place for a great school. We just have to continue that way.  The challenge is setting a culture, getting it started and continuing it to developing even better things down the road.”

He said he is encouraged to have Michelle Prieur as assistant principal, Karen Lampley as attendance secretary and Tammy Smith as secretary.

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