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Bloomington school superintendent placed on leave

By ERICA RODRIGUEZ
Sept. 29, 2010 at 4:29 a.m.
Updated Oct. 6, 2010 at 5:06 a.m.

Brad Williams

ABOUT BRAD WILLIAMSWilliams, a former football coach, teacher and principal, has been in education for 24 years. He was interim superintendent from July 2007 until September 2008, when he became superintendent. He has overseen the district's ongoing $8 million bond.

Williams has two children, Bailey and Seth, and lives in Port Lavaca.

BLOOMINGTON - Superintendent Brad Williams was placed on administrative leave with pay Monday pending his retirement.

Williams said Tuesday that although he was leaving for personal reasons, he might have violated some district policies.

"I may have done some things that may not have been by district policy," he said. "I need to take care of that."

Williams would not elaborate on what policies were violated, but said his reasons for leaving are not related to any criminal activity or the school district.

"It's not Bloomington, the job itself. It's the combination of personal and stress issues," he said. "I would be fine if I wasn't dealing with the personal issues."

Williams, an educator for 24 years, has been with the district since 2006 and has overseen the district's ongoing $8 million bond project.

Williams said after his resignation he does not know if he will continue in the education field.

"I've dealt with about as much stress as an individual can deal with in the last six or eight months and I need a break from it," he said.

Dolores Warnell-Fillmore, the district's special programs director, was named the interim superintendent on Monday.

Warnell-Fillmore was shocked to learn Williams was placed on leave.

"I was surprised myself," she said.

John Cranfill, school board president, said the board is not looking for a new superintendent yet.

"We wouldn't begin to start replacing Brad," he said.

The board will meet again Monday to discuss his resignation.

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