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Dr. Alton Smith named to succeed Emmett W. Hill on AISD Board

During the Dec. 13 Aldine ISD Board of Education meeting, Dr. Alton Smith was named to fill the unexpired term of former Trustee Emmett W. Hill, who resigned in October due to health concerns.

Dr. Viola M. Garcia, chairperson of the Selection of New Board Members Committee, along with committee members Marine Jones and A.W. Jones, received numerous nominations to fill Hill’s seat. The committee was given information on all candidates and candidates were interviewed by the entire board for the Position 2 seat. After careful consideration and much discussion, the committee recommended to the entire board that Dr. Smith be chosen to fill Hill’s unexpired term.

Dr. Smith is a resident of the Inwood community and currently serves as principal of Nitsch Elementary School in Klein ISD. Nitsch Elementary is a nationally recognized Blue Ribbon School and a TAAS Exemplary campus. He has nine years of experience in the field of education.

AISD Board President Rick Ogden, along with the entire board, welcomed Dr. Smith to the board and looked forward to working with him.

“The Aldine ISD Board of Trustees is pleased to welcome Dr. Smith as part of our governance team,” Ogden said. “Alton’s background in responsible positions in a major oil company together with his outstanding record of service as a professional educator provides a strong foundation for service as a Trustee of the Aldine School Board. We look forward to many years of partnering with him as we champion students, faculty, staff, support staff and business partners in our quest to produce the nation’s best!”

Dr. Smith also served as a special education teacher in Goose Creek ISD and Klein ISD and as a department chair and assistant principal in Klein ISD. Prior to entering the public education field, Dr. Smith spent more than 30 years in the private sector in human resources with Shell Oil Company. He worked in benefits processing, payroll, recruitment, labor relations, wage and salary administration, training and development and safety and industrial relations.

Dr. Smith holds a doctorate in educational leadership from Sam Houston State University, an MBA from Texas Southern University and a BS in business administration from Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA.

Dr. Smith is a member of various civic and professional associations and organizations and his children are graduates of Aldine ISD schools. He is a member of the Educational Leadership Advisory Board at Sam Houston State University, the Klein Education Association, past president of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, a member of the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals and of the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association. He is also a member of the Texas Association of School Administrators, the Southwest Educational Research Association and the National Dropout Network.

His civic activity includes membership in the Sam Houston State University Alumni Association, and the Southern University Alumni Association. He also serves as coordinator of new members committee of Living Word Fellowship Church.

Dr. Smith’s wife Marjorie is a former Aldine ISD teacher.