The Boonville School District named Fred Smith its assistant superintendent beginning in the 2018-2019 school year via news release on Friday, March 2.
Smith served as principal of Laura Speed Elliot Middle School for the past five years. Prior to returning to the Boonville School District in 2013, where he taught physical education and coached baseball, Smith served six years as head baseball coach at Central Methodist University.
“There are a lot of people to thank, obviously, Dr. (Mark) Ficken for bringing me on-board five years ago as a principal, Dr. (Sarah) Marriott, the incoming superintendent, for her faith and the school board for the support that they have given me and the guidance they have given me,” explained Smith on his initial reaction his selection as assistant superintendent. 
Smith’s new positional duties will focus upon student resources and human resources for the district. Coordination of district transportation and facilities may also fall to Smith.
“The number one thing is to open the community relations and make sure we are transparent with the community and make sure wherever we are spending the money, we are spending it correctly,“ explained Smith of his goals in the position, “We’ve done a good job of that in the past and we want to continue to develop those relationships because the school should be the central part of your community.”
Marriott and Smith will both officially enter their new positions on July 1, 2018. According to Marriott, Smith was an ideal candidate for the Assistant Superintendent position because of all candidates interviewed, he created the best balance of complementary skills necessary balancing the operations of the district.
While Marriott possesses a background in elementary and middle school education as well as special education, Smith provides knowledge in athletics, facilities, and has worked with high school level students.
“I think he has a lot of great qualities that fit the role he will be taking and assuming, so I think he and I together are a good balance, “ said Dr. Marriott on Smith’s positional transition, “I’m excited to work with him.”
Smith possesses a Bachelors of Science from CMU, Masters Degree and Education Specialist from William Woods University. Though taking on a larger role in the district, Smith’s transition will be assisted by the large number of the student body he oversaw at the middle school-level moving to the high school ranks.
“The doors are open and we want to make sure we get the best education for every child in the district,” concluded Smith.