Williams Lauded for Lasting Impacts on Loudoun Schools

Loudoun County Public Schools Superintendent Eric Williams attended his final School Board meeting Monday night. He is leaving the post this week to lead theClear Creek Independent School District near Houston,TX.

Williams, who was hired in July 2014, is only the sixth superintendent in Loudoun since the school division was formed in 1917. His final day will be Jan. 6.

School Board members pointed out some of Williams’ lasting impacts as they reflected on his service Monday night.

School Board Chairwoman Brenda Sheridan (Sterling) and Jeff Morse (Dulles) were members of the board that six years ago selected Williams from among 80 candidates during a nationwide search.

Morse highlighted Williams’ “remarkable successes,” including efforts to offer universal full-day kindergarten; launch the program to get internet-connected devices in the hands of every student, an initiative the proved critical to the pandemic pivot to distance learning; and the achievement of having every school meet federally mandated adequate yearly progress standards.

Sheridan pointed to his efforts to promote project-based learning, address the special needs of the county’s Title 1 schools, update the salary scales and secure raises for staff members, and to create a safe and encouraging environment for staff to report misbehavior by other staff.

Of the latter, she said, “This initially was seen as an increase in bad staff behavior, but what it truly indicated was the need for that policy change to ensure our students safety was always the number one priority and that for me is very respectable.”

As chairwoman of the division’s Equity Committee, Sheridan also praised Williams for his work in that realm.

“People may not realize or appreciate your efforts to address equity. It is difficult work, difficult conversations. It requires reflection and the ability to take criticism when you are trying to do the right thing,” she said. “I valued your thoughtful approach, your support of the Equity Committee, contracting the equity assessment and starting us on a journey to truly tackle systemic racism that plagues our history books and persists in our buildings today. I’ll be making continuing this work a priority for your successor.”

“Being a public servant takes a thick skin, the ability to reflect on oneself and adjust as needed. You exemplify these qualities,” Sheridan said.

Williams thanked the board members and his staff for their dedication.

“We have incredibly talented, caring people who give so much of themselves and that has made my time here so rewarding,” he said.

He said Loudoun’s schools and its students have tremendous community support and even when concerns are raised by the public it only demonstrates how greatly K-12 education is valued in the county.

“I will always cherish my time here in Loudoun County. I’ve appreciated the opportunity to serve the community here,” he said.

The School Board has announced its intension to conduct a national search for the division’s seventh superintendent and discussed the hiring of a search firm during a closed session Monday night.

13 thoughts on “Williams Lauded for Lasting Impacts on Loudoun Schools

  • 2021-01-05 at 6:18 am
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    He did not improve education for students. The rest of this nonsense is puffery!

  • 2021-01-05 at 8:07 am
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    Self congratulatory efforts are always questionable. The boundary policy which I helped write while on the board continues to be violated by the discriminatory busing of the poorest and most diverse children OUT OF DOWNTOWN LEESBURG to three separated schools rather than allow these students to walk to the brand new Frederick Douglas Elementary School! THAT is not something to be proud of!
    State statute 22.1-79 REQUIRES utmost efficiency in running public school systems. The rise in costs to $1.4 billion even when most of the school year schools were closed clearly shows a lack of attention to law which authorizes school boards. THAT is not something to be proud of!
    Finally, expecting kindergarten students to stay home without concern over supervision or the obvious lack of support they would receive from lower economic families who have to work outside the home is evidence the “EQUITY” bragged about is an empty claim. THAT is not something to be proud of!
    How about letting parents provide input into all staff performance evaluations so the real customer/client of LCPS can show how much they love the administration? 🙂

  • 2021-01-05 at 8:50 am
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    Wounds have “lasting impacts, too. They’re called scars.

  • 2021-01-05 at 9:50 am
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    How interesting the vast gulf between the SB visions of reality, and that of the parents they’re supposed to serve.

  • 2021-01-05 at 10:43 am
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    This is what happens when a vested special interest group (teachers) canvass for those who will shower largess on the adults while ignoring the students. Most voters have never heard of the school board candidates. It’s so tragic.

    There is no excuse to deny vouchers. If these public schools were so great, then parents would use their vouchers on the public schools. LCPS is becoming a drag on attracting businesses to Loudoun.

  • 2021-01-05 at 10:46 am
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    Also notice there was no mention of the precipitous drop in student test scores over the last 3 years. Nor was there any mention of how few “advanced proficient” students LCPS generates compared to Fairfax. It’s all touchy-feely compliments when our students learning is falling every year.

  • 2021-01-05 at 11:58 am
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    “School Board members pointed out some of Williams’ lasting impacts as they reflected on his service Monday night.”

    Now that I and other Loudoun parents are done laughing, why did the school board not ask us parents for input?

    We would have pointed out the obvious. Williams legacy is one of FAILURE. He failed Loudoun County kids, but there we had school board members patting him on the back and telling him what a great job he did.

    Pathetic.

    Houston, you have a problem and his name is Williams……..

  • 2021-01-05 at 4:30 pm
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    His lasting impact on budgetary malfeasance is astonishing as is any “lauding” by this SB. Loudoun can and should do much better.

  • 2021-01-05 at 5:12 pm
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    I second the comment that mentions education vouchers. What we need to improve education is school choice. We need the freedom to choose what is best for our children.

  • 2021-01-05 at 5:26 pm
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    Williams, as with the LC school board, has been an unmitigated disaster for Loudoun schools. At least we’re getting rid of Williams. I wonder if Houston wants to take our school board as well? I’d be happy to chip in for their relocation costs.

    The comments in favor of vouchers are spot-on. Without fundamental changes like school choice, LC schools will continue to plunge downhill while sucking up more and more of our tax dollars.

    Unfortunately we can be sure that the gaggle of Marxists on the school board will never support school choice. They couldn’t care any less about our children and their education.

  • 2021-01-05 at 6:54 pm
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    The Board of education is out of touch, elimination of school ranking, lowering the admission standards of the Academies of Loudoun, the failure of online schooling. Many of us moved to Loudoun County for the schools and now between the Superintendent and the Board of Education the schools have dumb down. Citizens of Loudoun, wake up and correct the schools before they get any worse!!!

  • 2021-01-05 at 7:53 pm
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    Here are three (3) things I recall about William’s tenure. LCPS was deemed to have used discriminatory practices in the admissions at Monroe/The Academies, not sure how LCSB brags about his equity work. The termination of Dominion’s principal but hiring him back, a strange admission the termination should not have happened. A drop in student scores, enough said.

    William’s resignation was one of the few positives of 2020.

  • 2021-01-05 at 10:25 pm
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    This man did not act as a school Superintendent, he acted as an agent for the teachers and nothing more. He simply extracted every dollar he could for his clients, while the students got absolutely nothing out of his tenure- except lower test scores.

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