“John Williams is a better person for having been associated with the Rush County Schools. It is hoped in some small way the Rush County Schools are better for having been associated with John Williams.” Williams stated this in his retirement letter.
After 43 years of serving in education, Superintendent John Williams is throwing in the towel.
“Everything comes to an end at a certain time,” Williams said. “The opportunity presented itself to look at an internal candidate for the position, Matt Vance. It’s not very often that this opportunity rises and transitions like this can be made.”
Vance has been assistant superintendent for around a year, basically being mentored by Williams.
“I discussed it with the board of hiring Vance, he was interested and we believed he was a natural fit,” Williams said.
Williams said it was the right time to retire.
“There are so many changes in education. It used to be that education had the luxury of local control. Now, state government seems to be taking over control, not only state but federal. They both are being a little more hands on than in the past. These factors and others helped me make my decision to retire,” Williams stated. “I also figured my health was good and I want to enjoy my time with my wife and family. I have children and grandchildren I want to be able to spend more time with.”
“Something that will always stick with me is being fortunate enough to have a great group of administrators. We have had such a great system setup and this has allowed us to hire good people. We have so many teachers who are not only good teachers, but just good people. They have a solid understanding of who they are and where they want to go. Some of my most rewarding memories have been hiring former graduates from Rush County, whether or not they are teaching or doing administration, leadership roles. They may have gone somewhere else for a while, but then they decide to come back home and settle down. My wife and I will stay her here and continue to be a part of the community,” Williams added.