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Marble Falls ISD superintendent leaving for Midway district

Dr. Chris Allen

Dr. Chris Allen, superintendent of the Marble Falls Independent School District, was named the lone finalist for the superintendent job at Midway ISD near Waco. It would be a return for Allen, who worked in Midway from 2008-12. File photo

Marble Falls Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Chris Allen on Jan. 3 was named the lone finalist for the superintendent job at Midway ISD near Waco. The announcement “starts a process which will very likely lead to his resignation from Marble Falls ISD and employment with Midway,” according to a MFISD news release Tuesday.

“This has not been an easy decision for me and my family because of the strong relationships I have formed here,” Allen said in a statement. “I will walk away from my time with MFISD feeling deep gratitude for the privilege to serve and significant confidence that the leadership of this district is in a strong position.”  

State law requires a 21-day waiting period, which began Jan. 3, between the time a school board names a lone finalist and when it offers them an employment contract. Allen’s last day with Marble Falls ISD is expected to be Wednesday, Jan. 25.  

“The MFISD Board appreciates Dr. Allen’s service to the students, staff and community,” board President Kevin Naumann said in a statement. “And, we wish him the best in his next step. For our community, please know that we will communicate updates and additional information as appropriate.”

Until the MFISD board names a new superintendent, the current management team will continue to run the district.

The Midway job will be a return to that district for Allen, who served there as a principal, assistant superintendent of Administrative Services, and interim superintendent from 2008-12. He was deputy superintendent of Lake Travis from 2012-15 when he was hired as the MFISD superintendent. 

“I have been allowed to serve Marble Falls ISD for almost eight years, and in that time have developed meaningful relationships that I will cultivate moving forward,” Allen continued in his statement. “The MFISD Board and community has expressed Godly love to me and my family and words cannot express my gratitude for the role each of you have played in my life and the life of my family. I have cherished my time in Marble Falls.”

editor@thepicayune.com