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Weatherford ISD Board Member Col. Kim Olson (Ret.) informed her cohorts and District administrators this evening that she would be leaving her seat on the Board effective Sept. 1.
Col. Olson said in her resignation letter that she and her husband, Kent, will be moving to Palo Pinto County to raise pecans on the family’s ranch. Weatherford ISD’s policy requires Trustees to reside within the school district.
“It has been an honor to serve the children, staff, and community of Weatherford ISD,” Col. Olson said. “The Board is a great team, and I am confident its members will continue focusing on what is best for students.”
Weatherford ISD Board President Charlie Martinez said Col. Olson was a great asset to the Board.
“Kim brought insight and an expectation for excellence to the Board,” Martinez said. “She will be missed.”
During Col. Olson’s tenure, the Weatherford ISD Board has played an integral role in the Roo Stadium renovation process, passed a successful Tax Ratification Election, worked through difficult budget issues, and even won the 2009 Outstanding School Board of the Year by the Texas Association of School Administrators. Also, under the Board’s leadership, the District earned three consecutive “Recognized” accountability ratings by the state, and was recently named a Texas Association of Performance Excellence (TAPE) recipient by the Quality Texas Foundation.
“Col. Olson is a remarkable role model for our students,” Weatherford ISD Superintendent Dr. Deborah Cron said. “She has attained great success in the military, has worked for a large school district as chief personnel officer, and served as a Board member.”
Dr. Cron added that Col. Olson was “passionate” about kids.
“She [Col. Olson] has held both the Weatherford ISD staff and me accountable, which is exactly what we want in a Trustee.”
Col. Olson currently is the executive director of Grace After Fire, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping women Veterans. She and her husband are the proud parents of two children, Keegan and Katie, who both graduated from Weatherford High School and are finishing college at Angelo State University and Texas A&M in Galveston, respectively.