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Bloomington superintendent resigns

ERICA RODRIGUEZ

By ERICA RODRIGUEZ
Oct. 4, 2010 at 5:04 a.m.

Brad Williams

Brad Williams

BLOOMINGTON - The school board formally accepted Superintendent Brad Williams' resignation in a 5-0 vote Monday evening at a special meeting.

"I was real happy here," Williams said. "I could not hope to work with any better people. It's just I've got to do something better for me."

Williams was placed on administrative leave last week, citing personal reasons. Williams said he may have violated some district policies, but denied any criminal activity.

"No, no," he said. "I wasn't doing my job here as good as I could have been doing it because of 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.

Delores Warnell-Fillmore, the district's special programs director, will serve as interim superintendent until a replacement is found.

John Cranfill, school board president, said the board will determine how to conduct the search for a replacement in January after superintendents statewide receive evaluations from their districts.

"That's just the most optimal time to start looking for a superintendent - after the evaluations," he said.

Warnell said she believes the change in leadership will be constructive.

"It's going to be a positive impact," she said.

The board also approved a $1,000 monthly stipend for Warnell because of her new superintendent duties.

The board also accepted the resignation of Ronnie Simicek, an assistant football, basketball and track coach at Bloomington Middle School.

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