Thanks, 'Dr. Marc'

Dr. Marc Williamson

Williamson will leave district in solid position academically, financially

By Ken Esten Cooke— To say that stability and tenure in leadership positions benefits an organization is a huge understatement.

In light of his announced retirement, we thank Dr. Marc Williamson — or simply, “Dr. Marc” to his staff — for 16 years of guidance and expertise in leading the Fredericksburg Independent School District.

Williamson will leave after the fall semester, another decision that will benefit the district as his successor can get to know the staff and have input on the next year’s budget.

Long-time tenure among school superintendents is rare these days, especially at smaller districts which can be considered a stepping stone for advantageous and talented individuals. We are that much more fortunate that Williamson chose to stay, raise his family here and continue his service to FISD to the end of his career.

The superintendent had a command of requirements and expectations from the state and federal level, and a knack for explaining them to the public and the board of trustees in plain English. Where discussions involving the Texas Education Agency or its federal counterpart can become a mind-numbing alphabet soup of acronyms about testing — TEKS, TAKS, STARR, AEIS and more — a good superintendent can explain these to parents and staff. That wasn’t always easy, given the TEA’s moving academic targets.

Leading a school district also is to be the comptroller of more tax dollars than any other governmental entity. Where the FISD has benefitted from rising property values, Williamson also steered the district through bond issues that addressed needs but were conservative in nature.  Today, FISD has nice campuses that are functional and serve our children well. Taxpayers have had the same rate for the past seven years. He was careful not to jump out early on expensive technology issues, preferring to learn from other school districts about both their successes and challenges.

Most importantly, Williamson led the district in its pursuit of academic excellence.

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