"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."
After an extensive search process, the Belton ISD Board of Trustees named Dr. Matt Smith as the district’s superintendent in January 2020.
Smith began his service in BISD shortly before the State of Texas was significantly impacted by the global pandemic. Despite the challenges, Smith partnered with the Board of Trustees, the staff, and the community to set new goals, develop the BISD Journey of a Graduate, and create a Strategic Plan. Equally important, Dr. Smith has worked diligently to initiate various feedback loops including establishing listening sessions for the staff at every campus and beginning the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council.
With more than two decades of service in public education, Dr. Smith joined the Big Red Community after serving as the Chief of Staff and Chief Academic Officer in Leander ISD. Smith’s strategic leadership role addressed cross-departmental, critical challenges for a district which included 43 campuses across 200 square miles within multiple cities. During his tenure, the district grew from 37,158 students to 41,326, passed a $454 million bond election, and opened three new elementary schools and one new high school.
From 2010 to 2015, Dr. Smith was at Hillsboro School District in Hillsboro, Oregon, moving up the ranks to the position of Executive Director of Secondary Schools. In this role he provided executive level leadership for all aspects of 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, received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Virginia Wesleyan College in Norfolk, Virginia. He went on to earn a master’s degree in Education Administration and Supervision from Arizona State University-West in Tempe, Arizona, where he was working in nearby Agua Fria Union 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, New York, Dr. Smith attended Marcus Whitman High School where he participated in band, numerous athletic teams, Student Council, and the National Honor Society. He and his wife, Heather, are the proud parents of two daughters, Hailey and Summer, one of which attends Lake Belton High School.