A change in the makeup of the school board and differences in academic philosophy led to Tanton's decision to retire. His replacement was Dr. Paul Willis who remained less than a year because the opportunity for the superintendent of a school near Austin, his home, became available.

The next superintendent, Lloyd Treadwell, came in 1981 from Salado . He was responsible for a number of curriculum changes, and he added a program for the gifted and talented students. A guidance counselor for the Middle School and A. C. Williams School and a public information coordinator were added to the administrative staff. Implementation of a volunteer assistance program, designed to involve parents and others in the community in the schools was initiated. Treadwell felt that one of the keys to a successful school is establishing good public relations. He felt some of the current problems in education and some of the criticism directed toward the school could be alleviated through public awareness and involvement.

During 1982-83, microcomputers were brought into the classroom, and the school had 20 of these in use.

The Wheeler building was sold and the site was cleared for commercial construction, leaving the school with four campuses: A. L. Day, kindergarten through second grade; A. C. Williams, grades three, four and five; Middle School, grades six, seven and eight; and High School , grades nine through 12.

History buffs interested in contributing to the story of Commerce schools from 1984 to present. Contact Ludonna Smithers.