Six years after stepping down as principal of Lindale High School, Donny Williams was recently named interim principal at Bullard High School, district officials announced after a special board meeting on Feb. 2.
Williams resigned at LHS in 2012 and was out of public education until 2016 when he was elected to the Lindale ISD Board of Trustees. He has already filed for re-election to his seat on the board, said LISD Superintendent Stan Surratt.
Board members are free to work anywhere as long as it’s not at a school within their district, Surratt said.
For his part, Williams said he was happy with retirement, but there was still something missing.
“After (leaving Lindale High School) I loved retirement but I had a void in my heart for the interaction with kids and the staff,’’ he said. “I’ve always been passionate about making a difference in at least one person’s life each and every day, and I missed that.’’
He was also adamant that his new job won’t interfere with his duties and dedication to the Lindale ISD.
“In my position here in Bullard I intend to give every ounce of energy I have each day to the job,’’ he said. “And when I change hats and sit on the (LISD) board, I will give every ounce of energy to that job as well.’’
Bullard High School was in need of a new principal after the reassignment of former principal Amanda Silkett, who took another position in the BISD.
Bullard ISD Superintendent Todd Schneider contacted Surratt, who then told Williams about the job.
After a day of contemplation, Williams – who relies on his deep faith to guide a lot of his decisions – called Schneider and expressed interest in the position.
“We are blessed to have Mr. Donny Williams step up and lead BHS,” said Schneider. “He is a man of tremendous character and passion for students and staff. We look forward to the positive impact he will immediately make on the campus and community.”
Williams understands that while the job is currently carries and “interim’’ tag, he’s been assured the district would be interested in making it permanent.
While it’s been a relatively brief time on the job for Williams, he’s been grateful to the reception given by his new co-workers.
“It’s been a very comfortable situation for me and I’ve been very appreciative of that,’’ he said.
The former LHS principal has spent more than 35 years in public education, including 19 in the LISD.
Being a school board member offers him yet another opportunity to serve the district.
“As a former educator in the district it helps me shape by perspective on certain decisions that have to be made,’’ he said. “I am able to see a different side of things.’’
With its commitment to educational excellence and dedication to “educating every child every day,’’ the Lindale ISD is well known as one of the premier districts in Texas.
Williams understands how the LISD has achieved this status and believes Bullard is in the same category.
“There are a lot of similarities in the two districts,’’ he said. “A lot of the demographics are the same, both have a passion for academics and both are really focused on extracurricular activities.’’
Bullard Banner News Editor Micah McCartney contributed to this story.