From administration office to grandkids, gardening

RETIREMENT — After 15 years at FISD as the superintendent’s secretary, on Friday, Dec. 20, Deedee Courter put away her keyboard and called it a career. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

Longtime FISD secretary Courter retires after 15 years

By Richard Zowie— Someone brought a balloon to Deedee Courter’s office, and for only two words, its sentiment had a mouthful.

“Happy Retirement.”

Courter has spent 15 years working at Fredericksburg Independent School District as the secretary to superintendent Dr. Marc Williamson. She worked her final day on Friday, Dec. 20.

“I decided early on that [working in an office] would be my career,” said Courter.

She is from Durango, Colo., while her husband is from California. Prior to working at FISD, she earned an associate of arts degree in secretarial science and business from Durango’s Fort Lewis College and then also worked for the forest service and for FLC.

What brought them to Fredericksburg? Their daughter and grandkids lived here.

Then, once here, Courter picked up a newspaper and saw something that would set the tone for her time in town.

“I saw an ad in the newspaper for a school district opening and I answered it,” she said. “I went in for an interview and was fortunate enough to be chosen.”

Courter described FISD as a “great administration” to work for.

“Dr. Marc is a great boss and everyone has been real supportive,” she said. “The school boards I’ve worked with have all been really good. This one has been outstanding.

“They all work together so well,” Courte said. “There’s not a conflict. Everyone’s on the same page.”

Williamson described Courter as someone who has done a “terrific” job for the district.

“It has truly been a pleasure to work with her,” he said. “I do not know anyone in the district who does not hold her in high regard.”

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