BPSB names Scott Smith new Superintendent

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Amanda Simmons/Press-Tribune | Newly elected superintendent Scott Smith (right) is congratulated by his father following the Bossier School Board's vote Tuesday night. Also pictured (center) is Jane Smith, Scott's wife and a former superintendent of Bossier Parish Schools.

The Bossier Parish School Board has elected Scott Smith as the new Superintendent of Schools to succeed D.C. Machen, Jr., who is retiring.

Amanda Simmons/Press-Tribune | Newly elected superintendent Scott Smith addresses the media following the Bossier Parish School Board's vote Tuesday night.
Amanda Simmons/Press-Tribune | Newly elected superintendent Scott Smith addressed the media following the Bossier Parish School Board’s vote Tuesday night.

Smith was one of three finalists for the position. He received nine of the board’s 11 vote. Sherri Pool received two votes. David Thrash had zero votes.

Smith, who has been Assistant Superintendent of Administration for Bossier Parish Schools since 2009, has 36 years’ combined experience in education, teaching and serving in administrative capacities at the elementary, middle and high school levels and at the district level.

Smith served for 14 years as Principal of Benton High/Middle School before assuming the duties as Assistant Superintendent of Bossier Schools. Prior to that position, he was Assistant Principal at Benton High/Middle and Acting Assistant Principal at T.O. Rusheon Middle School.

“I love the Bossier School System and am both honored and humbled to accept this appointment,” Smith said. “I want to thank this Board for its strong vote of confidence in me. I look forward to working with our educational community, which includes our students first, teachers, administrators, support personnel, business community, governmental bodies and Barksdale Air Force Base as we continue to move this great school system forward. I am appreciative of the support shown to me and, again, am humbled and honored to receive this appointment.”

Smith will be working under the tutelage of Supt. Machen for the next several weeks in an effort to ensure a seamless transition. Machen has set June 30, 2016 as his effective retirement date.

Amanda Simmons/Press-Tribune | Scott Smith addresses the audience following the Bossier School Board's vote to name him the new Superintendent of Bossier Schools. Smith received nine out of 11 board member votes.
Amanda Simmons/Press-Tribune | Scott Smith addresses the audience following the Bossier School Board’s vote to name him the new Superintendent of Bossier Schools. Smith received nine out of 11 board member votes.