ZEPHYR — Zephyr school superintendent Stanton Marwitz said he will recommend Brent Williamson, who currently works as athletic director and head football coach in Blanket, for the same job in Zephyr when the Zephyr school board meets Wednesday.
Voting on Williamson’s hiring is the only item on the agenda for the 5 p.m. meeting, Marwitz said. Williamson is a 1992 graduate of Zephyr High School.
Zephyr was in the market for a new head football coach and athletic director after Shannon Williams accepted the same position with the Leakey ISD.
“He’s a real professional in all the things that he does,” Marwitz said of Williamson. “He’s a good solid guy. He’s all about the kids. He was a good kid when he was here. He’s a good man now that he’s grown up.”
Williamson’s future in Blanket had been uncertain after Blanket board members voted 5-2 on Feb. 12 not to renew Williamson’s contract, a move that prompted protests from school students and parents.
School board members had been scheduled to meet Feb. 27 to reconsider renewing Williamson’s contract. Only three board members showed up so the board could not meet due to lack of a quorum.
With about 200 people waiting for the board meeting that never happened, school superintendent David Whisenhunt conveyed a town hall forum and invited anyone who wanted to speak their thoughts on Williamson. All of those who spoke supported Williamson.
Whisenhunt also said school officials learned after the Feb 12 vote that because Williamson is in his first year with Blanket and is on a probationary contract, state school law requires that the board have a separate vote to terminate the contract. That vote did not occur, Whisenhunt said, so Williamson’s contract was not terminated.
Reached by phone Monday afternoon, Whisenhunt said Williamson met with athletes earlier in the day at the gym and told them of his plans.
“I think he’s a great young man,” Whisenhunt said. He said he isn’t surprised that Williamson is opting for the Zephyr job. “Not many times do they stay after they go through something like this,” Whisenhunt said.
Blanket school board members who voted against renewing Williamson’s contract would not comment on their votes.
“They might have made their decision on personal feelings rather than facts,” Whisenhunt said.
He said he’s seen situations in other school districts in which people make decisions after getting their “toes stepped on.”
When asked if he thinks that’s what happened in Blanket, Whisenhunt said, “I sort of feel that way.”
Blanket school board members had been scheduled to take up Williamson’s status once again on March 19.
Two of the Blanket school board members who voted against renewing Williamson’s contract are had filed to run for re-election in May, but withdrew from the race after their “no” votes.