Wilson County schools underwent changes after Superintendent K. R. Curtis took over in 1943. He introduced programs to aid families during war time constraints, this included education for children and parents alike. Farmers could go to classes a few days a week to learn vocational skills to better maintain and repair farm equipment during a time when such machinery was scarce. Teachers, in cooperation with parents, assigned advanced school work to students that may need to stay home and assist with farming during the school year. Curtis further emphasized agriculture by demanding agricultural vocation programs in 100% of Wilson County schools.