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MARBLE FALLS — Building relationships is one of the first tasks Robert “Rob” O’Connor will undertake as the new superintendent of the Marble Falls Independent School District.

That includes building bridges to the community, to teachers and to the district’s growing Spanish-speaking population. Roberts, who lived for years in Central America, is bilingual.

Newly hired Marble Falls Independent School District Robert “Rob” O’Connor (center) shares some of his thoughts after the School Board’s vote July 18 to offer him the contract whole trustees Karl Westerman (left) and Rick Edwards look on.

Roberts was hired Monday after MFISD trustees voted 7-0 to offer him a one-year, $155,000 contract following an off-and-on search for a superintendent that lasted about a year.

“I tell first-year administrators it’s really about relationships,” he said this week. “This is a relationship business and you have to go out and establish relationships. So I look forward to getting out there and establishing the relationships I need to establish with the teacher groups, the staff, the community members and everybody that’s associated with making this happen.