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Goodridge Named Principal of Belton Middle School

A familiar face will take the helm of Belton Middle School this fall. 

The Belton ISD Board of Trustees approved the hiring of Timothy Goodridge as principal at BMS during a special meeting on Wednesday. Goodridge has served as an assistant principal at Belton High School for the last five years.

“Mr. Goodridge is a passionate educator whose servant leadership has already made a tremendous impact on students and families in the Big Red Community,” said Superintendent Matt Smith. “We’re looking forward to watching him build relationships with the BMS community and fostering a learning environment where students thrive.”

Timothy Goodridge

Education is the second act of Goodridge’s career. He went back to school to earn teacher certification after working for UPS for 21 years. 

“The last 13 years in education as a science teacher and then assistant principal have been so fulfilling,” Goodridge said. “I get to help build an environment where our students can have exceptional learning experiences that prepare them to pursue their dreams and enrich their communities. There’s nothing more rewarding than that.” 

Goodridge was recently recognized by the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals as the Region 12 Outstanding Assistant Principal of the Year. In 2015, he was recognized as the Belton ISD Secondary Teacher of the Year. Goodridge holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Baylor University and a Master of Education from Lamar University.

“I am humbled to be given the opportunity to partner with the students, staff and families at BMS in this capacity,” Goodridge said. “Together we’re going to do great things for kids.”

The Board also approved the hiring of two assistant principals —  Avery Polchinski at North Belton Middle School and Ross Sproul at Lake Belton High School.

Polchinski has worked as a math teacher in Killeen ISD for five years. He holds Bachelor of Arts and Master of Education degrees from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and a Master of Education in Educational Leadership from Texas A&M-Central Texas.

Sproul has worked in education for 26 years, including stints as a teacher, instructional coach, associate principal and principal. He most recently served as the principal at Perryton High School in Perryton, Texas, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Stephen F. Austin State University and a Master of Education degree from the University of Houston. 

The Board’s next regular meeting is scheduled for 6:15 p.m. on July 25 in the Pittenger Fine Arts Center, located at 400 N. Wall St. in Belton. Before the regular meeting, trustees will meet for a workshop at 5 p.m. next door in the Administration Building.

July 13, 2022