Prior to coming to Massac Unit One, Smith worked for seven years at Harrisburg and nine years at Tri-Co, as superintendent. Originally from Peoria, Smith had worked in central Illinois until moving further south to take the position at Tri-Co.
Smith attended Illinois State University, where he received his degree in music education.
Smith taught band for seven years and is a supporter of the arts and theater.
According to Smith, he had heard about former Superintendent Bill Hatfield’s retirement from Unit One, and actually did not apply the first time around. He explained the board had a second round of interviews and that was when he applied for the job.
He said during the interview process, the board expressed its desire to have him be involved in community events and represent the district as much as possible. He has already joined the Metropolis Rotary and Kiwanis clubs and went on to add that was something he did on his own because, “That’s just the kind of guy I am,” he said.
Smith and his wife, Linda, who is a guidance counselor, are in the process of selling their home in Saline County and have purchased a home in Metropolis and will move to Metropolis soon. Smith has two sons, Brian, an attorney for FMGR in Carbondale and Aaron, who is employed at Ross Construction and one daughter, Monica.
“It’s a great community,” said Smith, about Metropolis, mentioning that one of his new neighbors has already brought him and his wife some bread.
As far as challenges that lie ahead, Smith said there have been some instances when he has been hired and a school board will instruct him to fix the finances. However, in this situation, “Bill left a well-functioning system here,” he said, pointing out the state funding situation will always need to be monitored closely and remains an on-going challenge for school districts. According to Smith, another area the district will have to concentrate on is attracting qualified teachers.
Smith said he and his wife are supportive of the arts and theater and in his spare time when he is not working, he said he plays the drums for the Paducah-based band, Most Wanted Band. He also said his son Brian is a part of a duo and his son, Aaron is a songwriter and plays lead guitar for the band, Journey based in Marion.