Superintendent to retire after fall semester

By Ken Esten Cooke —

Dr. Marc Williamson, who has led the Fredericksburg Independent School District as superintendent since 1998, announced he will retire at mid-term.

Williamson let FISD board members and his staff know last week in a short email. The 39-year education employee, with 22 of those in Fredericksburg, said the district will be attractive to a lot of candidates.

“The district is in a good position to be attractive to a lot of good candidates,” Williamson said. “We’ve got good test scores, economically, we have good finances, and there is good leadership on the campuses and from the teaching staff.”

Williamson said his retirement has been in the works for some time.

“It’s a good time to make a change,” he said. “I know they will get somebody great. If I wasn’t looking at retiring, I’d want to stay here. There are great people, I work with a great board and this is a great community.”

Board members were generous in their praise for Williamson, including two “master trustees,” past president Dave Campbell, a local industrial machining shop owner, and Lorrie Hess, current president and a sales and speaking professional.

“The board’s relationship with Marc was built on a foundation of mutual respect,” Campbell said. “I have had great confidence in him due to his financial management, positive interaction with the public and his leadership of our district’s employees. He will be sorely missed.”

Hess, who still has a child in Fredericksburg High School, has served six years on the FISD board.

“One of the reasons I have appreciated having Dr. Marc as our superintendent these many years is from a parent’s point of view,” Hess said. “My kids have spent almost their entire kindergarten through grade 12 years under his leadership, and I felt the schools here provided a solid education in a safe and nurturing environment.”

Hess said Williamson was popular with trustees, staff and parents because “he took time to explain how one change affects another, especially when those changes were not obvious at first glance.”

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