PHOTO: New Superintendent Jason Golden (center) poses for a photo after signing the contract at Monday’s Williamson County Schools Board of Education meeting. Standing with him are Gary Anderson, chair of the board, and Nancy Garrett, vice chair. / Photo by John McBryde
By JOHN McBRYDE
With the vow that “we’ve got to keep our foot on the gas,” Jason Golden signed a contract Monday night making him the next superintendent of Williamson County Schools.
By an 11-0 vote, with one member absent, the district’s Board of Education approved the four-year contract that will pay Golden an annual salary of $270,504 and provide the use of a school board-provided automobile and a full range of benefits. Golden officially begins his new position Tuesday.
“This is hard work, and it’s important work,” Golden said at the meeting. “I’m so excited to be a part of it. As we as a district have grown and evolved, we’ve gotten better all the time. We’ve gotten better by so many measures and by some things you can’t measure.”
He continued, “We’ve got to keep our foot on the gas. This is not one of those [situations] where we can relax and say we’ve got somebody we’re comfortable with. I’m convinced, and I’ve been convinced professionally over time, people do well when they’re happy. People do better when they’re happy. We’re going to continue to push for that. We’re going to continue to work with our schools and our teachers to do better all the time.”
The transition from interim to permanent superintendent has been mostly smooth for Golden, who held two in-person meetings and two Facebook Live sessions for parents and others to ask questions and become acquainted with him. There was little negative feedback on the decision to replace former Superintendent Mike Looney with Golden.
Kerry Vaughn, a teacher in the district who is president of the Williamson County Education Association, said he has received no negative feedback about Golden’s new role.
“Mr. Golden has a proven record of collaborating with all stakeholders in our community,” Vaughn said during the meeting’s public comments. “He has a positive working relationship with school board members, county commission members, parents, local businesses and all school staff… To those of us who have worked with Mr. Golden, we have firsthand knowledge of his leadership and integrity.”
Golden has been with WCS since 2006 and was deputy superintendent for the last seven years.
The WCS school board won’t meet again until August, but Golden did emphasize the importance of the Williamson County Board of Commissioners meeting on July 8, when members will vote on the 2019-20 school budget and other county budgets.
The meeting runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Williamson County Administrative Complex.