"I am honored and humbled to serve this amazing district of over 12,000 students and families and 1,800 employees. I recognize that with that honor comes great responsibility and I am committed to investing in this community, in our students, in our staff and in our shared purpose in a way that is meaningful and focused on student success. Strong school districts like Belton ISD do not happen without the support of the community and their investment in schools and my family and I are excited to become of a part of this extraordinary district."
The Belton ISD Board of Trustees named Dr. Matt Smith as the district’s superintendent in January 2020.
A proven leader with more than two decades of service in public education, Dr. Smith joined the Big Red Community after five years in Leander ISD. Serving as the Chief of Staff/Deputy Superintendent and Chief Academic Officer/Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning, Smith led district initiatives in LISD such as implementing a District of Innovation plan, initiating a system-wide focus on professional learning communities (PLCs), conducting a curriculum management audit, and facilitating a community Program Advisory Committee. As Acting Superintendent during LISD’s 2019 superintendent transition process, Dr. Smith presented and passed a $500 million budget for the 2019-2020 school year and continued his strategic leadership role in addressing cross-departmental, critical challenges for a district which includes 43 campuses across 200 square miles within multiple cities. During his tenure in Leander, the district grew from 37,158 students to 41,326 and opened three new elementary schools and one new high school.
From 2010 to 2015, Dr. Smith was at Hillsboro School District in Hillsboro, Ore., moving up the ranks to the position of Executive Director of Secondary Schools. In this role he provided executive level leadership for four middle schools, four high schools, and two alternative education programs in a school district of 21,000 students.
Dr. Smith, who started his career as an English Language Arts teacher in Virginia, received a bachelor of arts degree from Virginia Wesleyan College in Norfolk, Va. He went on to earn a master’s degree in Education Administration and Supervision from Arizona State University-West in Tempe, Ariz., where he was working in nearby Agua Fria United High School District as a teacher, coach, athletic director, assistant principal and high school campus principal from 2001 to 2010. Dr. Smith graduated with his doctorate in School Leadership from Concordia University in December 2019.
Raised in Middlesex, N.Y., Dr. Smith graduated from Marcus Whitman High School. He and his wife, Heather, are the proud parents of two daughters: Hailey and Summer.