PHOTO: Jason Golden should soon have a contract to become the next director of schools for the Williamson County Schools district. He went through a negotiation process that included meet-and-greets with parents. // Photo by John McBryde
By JOHN McBRYDE
The Williamson County Schools Board of Education is preparing to offer a four-year contract to interim Superintendent Jason Golden to become director of schools effective Tuesday, June 18.
The contract calls for an annual salary of $270,504, plus use of a school board-provided automobile and a full range of benefits.
Members of the board are expected to discuss the contract at Thursday night’s work session, and will then vote to approve it at the June school board meeting Monday at the Williamson County Administrative Complex.
Golden, who began his work in WCS in 2006, was named the district’s interim superintendent in April after then-Superintendent Mike Looney was hired in the same role for Fulton County Schools in Atlanta. Looney’s last day with WCS was May 20, at which time the board voted to begin negotiations with Golden to become the next superintendent.
“Jason has all the qualities that I, as an elected board member, am looking for in a leader and a superintendent,” Eliot Mitchell, District 3, said at the May 20 meeting. “It’s a slam dunk from my standpoint.”
During the negotiation process, Golden participated in two in-person meet-and-greet sessions and two on Facebook Live. He said in his most recent Facebook appearance he wants to continue meeting parents.
“My plan is that I spend time listening to parents the next two to three months,” Golden said in an interview with WCS Director of Communications Carol Birdsong. “I have a 90-day plan where I want to hear from parents.
“We have a seven-year strategic plan and we’re about two years into that plan. And what I want to do is take time to look at those goals and think about where we’ve been and look at the work we’ve done toward those goals. I want to see if there are some of those goals where we need to tweak our action steps.”
Golden, who grew up in Atlanta, majored in history and math at Vanderbilt and went on to get a law degree. He came to WCS 13 years ago as the district’s attorney, and was promoted in January 2010 to chief operating officer. Golden had served as deputy superintendent and general counsel since July 2012.