Message from the Superintendent:
This spring, as my team and I were thinking about the vision for this new school year, we determined that we wanted to convey a desire to continue to build on the success that we had last year: 1) strengthen, or go deeper, with the work already in progress; 2) maintain the momentum and energy that allows us to keep the work special for our students; 3) and most of all, stay focused on continual improvement for our students.
Thus, the theme of “Design, Create, and Build” was born.
While the possibilities of the way in which to approach continual improvement in Belton ISD are endless, I am proud that the work that has been chosen for 2019-2020 is focused squarely on the achievement and success of our children.
Recently, I came across a profound statement that deeply affected me – “Once you design something, it changes the future that is possible.” In education, we have the opportunity to make a difference for our students and have the power to change the future that is possible for them. Of course, it’s impossible to predict the future.
While working on our plans and vision for the year, I couldn’t have imagined not being a part of them. However, as we ended the year and summer began, I started thinking that it might be time for me to re-design my life. And after nearly two decades here, I decided that a change and a new opportunity will allow me to continue to grow because life and learning is never done.
It’s time for me to write a new chapter in my life and continue doing the work that I love in a new place. I am honored to be the lone finalist to become Waco ISD’s next superintendent. Waco is a special place for my family. My daughter attends Baylor University, and my husband does business there.
I am equally honored to have served as your superintendent for the past eight years. During that time, we worked together to meet the needs of our students. From the implementation of new programs such as engineering, computer science, and the Belton Early Childhood School (BECS) to the construction of several new school campuses and the continued success of our students, Belton ISD has increasingly become known for the high quality of our instruction and programs as well as our student-centered culture. What we have designed and created for our students is truly remarkable, and it has been a privilege to be a part of that.
As I reflect on my time in Belton ISD, I want to thank all of the talented and wonderful employees who have contributed to the ongoing success and achievement of our students. I am grateful for their hard work, dedication and commitment to create something special. Their passion and ability to work as a team to achieve our goals has truly made a difference. Finally, I would also like to thank our school board - both our current and former trustees. It’s because of their ongoing support and steadfast focus on the kids that Belton ISD has enjoyed great stability in its workforce and the support of the community. I will forever be grateful for their service.
Michelangelo stated, “Gazing on beautiful things acts on my soul.” What happens in this district is certainly beautiful. You have and will continue to inspire me. Please know that I will be watching and cheering, and will always hold you in the highest regards.
Susan Kincannon, Ed.D.