Danny McMurtry will leave his position as principal at Madison Middle School this summer to become the superintendent of the Maxwell school.

McMurtry was selected from 15 applicants. He will replace Todd Rhodes on July 1, Maxwell school officials said Friday in a press release. Rhodes will become the superintendent at Gothenburg.

Maxwell school board vice-president Jason Sommer said McMurtry displayed all the characteristics to effectively lead the Maxwell school district.

“What Mr. Rhodes set in motion at Maxwell Public Schools over the past six years has been a breath of fresh air and has also given us guidelines in the way we as a board would like to see our school continue to grow,” Sommer said.

McMurty grew up and graduated from North Platte High. He is in his sixth year as principal at Madison Middle School.  Mr. McMurtry resides in North Platte with his wife Cassie.  They have one child, son Rocco.

Before Madison, McMurtry was assistant principal at Vermilion Catholic in Louisiana for 2 years, after teaching geometry at the school for four years.

McMurtry said he is excited about the opportunity.

“Throughout the interview process, I was able to meet some incredible people that work for the district,” he said. “The groundwork has been laid to create something special.  I look forward to the opportunity of joining together and creating an environment that the community is proud of.”