Marble Falls ISD names ‘new’ middle school principal


MARBLE FALLS — The Marble Falls Middle School landed a new principal after a school board meeting March 24.

“New,” however, is relative, considering the man named to the spot already has been serving in that capacity since January. The Marble Falls Independent School District board of trustees approved hiring Brett Koch as middle school principal after an extensive search process.

He has been the interim principal since former principal John Schumacher accepted an assistant superintendent position in the Johnson City Independent School District.

During the search process, district officials turned to community, staff and parents to help choose the criteria used in seeking a new middle school principal. The committee eventually recommended three finalists to Marble Falls ISD Superintendent Rob O’Connor, who, in turn, presented Koch to the board as his recommendation.

Koch has worked as a teacher, a coach, an athletic director, a K-12 principal, a middle school principal, a high school principal and even a district superintendent before taking the interim position at Marble Falls Middle School. His wife, Donna, is a first-grade teacher in the Early Independent School District. She and their son, Aaron, will join Koch in Marble Falls at the end of the school year.

“The leadership he brought to the campus by bringing people together during his time this spring as interim principal was the definitive reason Mr. Koch was recommended to the board as the Marble Falls Middle School’s new principal,” O’Connor said. “It was a very challenging search process, and Mr. Koch demonstrated he was the top candidate for the position.”

Koch said he was excited to become a part of MFISD.

“Marble Falls is the place I want to be and my wife wants to be,” he said. “Most importantly, this is where I want my son to star and graduate from high school as a Mustang. I’m truly blessed and humbled to work in such a quality school and district.”