All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence. - Martin Luther King, Jr.
Marty Smith was named the chief operating officer, effective February 1, 2018, and provides administrative and strategic leadership and support for the Department of Facilities and Transportation Services, the Department of Financial Services, the Department of Human Resources and the Information Technology Department.
Prior to being named chief operating officer, Smith served as chief of staff for three years, supporting the superintendent's initiatives and supervising the Office of Government Relations and the Office of Communications and Community Relations. He also coordinated the Office of Research and Strategic Improvement, which supports high-quality teaching and learning.
Previously, Smith served as assistant superintendent for Cluster 1, where he provided instructional leadership for 22 schools and leadership development for 70 school-based administrators. He also served as Cluster 1 director where he monitored student achievement for all schools in the cluster and had the responsibility for developing and implementing service-learning programs for the school district. Smith has served as principal of Franklin Sherman Elementary School, assistant principal of Lane Elementary School and Graham Road Elementary School, as a Pathways to Leadership administrative intern at Graham Road Elementary School, and a classroom teacher at Flint Hill Elementary School. He earned his master of arts degree in education leadership from George Mason University, and a bachelor of arts degree in elementary education from the University of Iowa.