Members of the Elkhart ISD Board of Trustees are scheduled to hire Lamont Smith as the district's superintendent at an Aug. 20 meeting. The new superintendent will start the next day, Aug. 21.
Smith will replace Ray DeSpain, who resigned in May due to “pressing family medical issues,” after serving as Elkhart’s superintendent for six years.
Smith is currently deputy superintendent of Lancaster ISD near Dallas, where he has served in administrative positions since 2010. He also has administrative experience in East Texas schools.
A native of Anderson County, Smith grew up and attended school in Cayuga, where he still has family.
A statement released by the Elkhart School Board praised Smith’s “collaborative style of leadership.” He is the lone finalist in Elkhart's superintendent search.
“The Board is excited to bring Dr. Smith’s knowledge, experience, personality, and optimism to the Elkhart School District and the Elkhart Community,” the release stated.
With an enrollment of 1,215 students, the Elkhart school district has one of the leading academic programs in the area.
Under DeSpain's leadership, Elkhart High School earned a National Bronze Medal in 2017 from U.S. News and World Report; it was ranked No. 262 among all Texas high schools.