Belton School Board names lone superintendent finalist

The Belton School Board Monday evening voted unanimously to name Dr. Matthew L. Smith, the Leander ISD’s chief of staff, as the lone finalist for the superintendent’s job. (Belton ISD photo)

BELTON, Texas (KWTX) The Belton School Board Monday evening voted unanimously to name Dr. Matthew L. Smith, the Leander ISD’s chief of staff, as the lone finalist for the superintendent’s job.

Smith has more than two decades of experience in public education, the district said, serving as a teacher, at-risk program coordinator, athletic director, campus administrator and district administrator.

“Matt’s career in public education started in the classroom and his experience demonstrates a true passion for leading effective teams dedicated to improving student outcomes,” School Board President Suzanne McDonald said.

“We believe he will embrace and enhance our district’s culture as we grow and shape the future or our students and community.”

The board will consider Smith’s contract when it meets on Feb. 17.

Smith has served as chief of staff and deputy superintendent in the Leander ISD since 2017 after two years as the district’s chief academic officer and assistant superintendent of teaching and learning.

“I look forward to building relationships with students, staff, parents and community members as we continue to provide an education that is dedicated to the success of every student in our system,” he said.

Smith will replace Belton’s former superintendent, Dr. Susan Kincannon, whom the Waco School Board named as the lone finalist in August 2019 for the superintendent’s job from a field of 84 applicants to replace former Superintendent Dr. Marcus Nelson, who stepped down on March 28, 2019 over a misdemeanor drug charge.

Kincannon is a graduate Copperas Cove High School who 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.

She has 30 years of public education experience including stints as a teacher, principal, assistant superintendent and deputy superintendent.

She had been the Belton ISD’s superintendent since 2011.

Dr. Robin Battershell is serving as the district’s interim superintendent.