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Belton ISD Superintendent Named as Lone Finalist for Waco ISD Superintendent
In a special meeting held Wednesday night in Waco, Belton ISD Superintendent Dr. Susan Kincannon was named the lone finalist for the open superintendent’s position in Waco ISD.
“On behalf of the Belton ISD Board of Trustees, I want to congratulate Dr. Kincannon on her selection as the lone finalist for Waco ISD. We thank her for her many years of service to our district and know that she is an excellent choice for the students, parents and our Central Texas neighbors in Waco,” said Board President Sue M. Jordan.
In a letter to employees, parents and community members, Dr. Kincannon expressed her appreciation for her time in the district, “When my husband and I built our house in Belton ISD in 1997, I couldn’t have imagined what this school district and community would come to mean to us. This has been our home. Our daughter grew up and graduated from high school here. And so many of you have touched our family in so many ways.”
Dr. Kincannon joined Belton ISD in July 2000 as the principal of the Belton Intermediate School. She became the district’s Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction in 2002 and was promoted to Deputy Superintendent in 2007. In January 2011, Dr. Kincannon became the Superintendent of Belton ISD.
Under Dr. Kincannon’s leadership, Belton ISD has celebrated unprecedented student and staff achievement and successfully sustained the district’s student-centered culture even while managing significant growth. Some of the notable accomplishments during her tenure include:
- Professional development to support safe and inclusive learning environments resulting in the Anti-Defamation League’s No Place for Hate designation for all eligible campuses;
- The implementation of Belton New Tech High School @ Waskow and its unique project based learning model for students in grades 9-12;
- The implementation of a one-to-one digital learning initiative for grades 6-12 that has become a national and international model;
- Passage of the 2012 and 2017 bond programs authorizing $209 million in funding for theconstruction of three new elementary schools, a new middle school and a new high school.
A community leader, Dr. Kincannon has served on the boards of the Belton Area Chamber of Commerce, Workforce Solutions of Central Texas, Temple Business League, Central Texas Housing Consortium, the Belton Christian Youth Center, the Equity Center and the Fast Growth Schools Coalition. In part because of this service, in February 2019, Dr. Kincannon was named a Distinguished Baylor Woman. The award is given to women who have earned degrees from Baylor University and have made significant contributions to the Central Texas area.
Dr. Kincannon grew up in the Central Texas area and graduated from Copperas Cove High School. She received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, a master’s degree in educational administration from Tarleton State University, and a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from Baylor University.
“The strength of Belton ISD’s enduring success is directly related to our tremendous staff that serve students each day and our Big Red Community that supports them,” said Jordan. “It is with the continued commitment of both that we can say with certainty that our district will continue to thrive during this transition. It is our intention to move forward with purpose to identify exceptional candidates for our top leadership position and to keep the community informed with accurate information throughout the process.”
In light of Waco ISD’s announcement, the Belton ISD Board of Trustees has called a special meeting tonight, for consultation with legal counsel and expects to further outline the process for hiring the next superintendent during their regular monthly meeting scheduled for August 19, 2019. At that time, the Board will outline next steps, which could include interim superintendent options, timeline, and use of a third party to lead the process.