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Belton ISD board approves district's next deputy superintendent

Dr. Malinda Golden will replace Dr. Robert Muller, who steps down from the position at the end of June, according to Belton ISD.
Credit: Belton ISD

BELTON, Texas — The Belton Independent School District Board of Trustees approved to hire Dr. Malinda Golden as the district’s next deputy superintendent at a board meeting on Monday. Golden will replace Dr. Robert Muller, who steps down from the position at the end of June, according to Belton ISD.

“On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I want to thank Robert for his invaluable service to our district,” Board President Suzanne McDonald said. “His willingness to adjust his plans last fall to stay on through the important leadership transition our district experienced this year, speaks to his commitment and integrity.”  

The Board voted unanimously to accept the administration’s recommendation to hire Golden.

Golden has served in public education for 30 years which includes positions such as a teacher, principal, director of leadership development, assistant superintendent, and deputy superintendent. She worked in Round Rock, Leander and Georgetown Independent School Districts and will officially begin her role in Belton ISD in July, according to Belton ISD.

“We went through a great process and had an outstanding pool of candidates interested in taking on this role,” Superintendent Dr. Matt Smith said. “Ultimately, Malinda’s vast experience and proven track record of excellence and innovation made her the right choice to join the strong team we have here in Belton ISD.”

Golden was an assistant superintendent in Georgetown ISD since 2017, where she engaged community stakeholders in strategic areas of growth for the district while she further developed educational experiences for all students.

“I am excited about the future for the students of Belton ISD,” Golden said. “It is clear that this is a community that values their schools and supports public education. I look forward to working together with students, staff, parents and community members to challenge, inspire and empower all learners to grow academically and develop the future-ready skills needed to enter an ever-changing world with confidence and hope.”

Golden holds a bachelor of science degree from Texas A&M University, a masters of education degree from Texas State University and a doctorate in educational administration from the University of Texas at Austin. Golden’s husband is a lieutenant in the Round Rock Police Department, and they are the proud parents of five adult children.

Also during the meeting, Smith highlighted the district’s continued COVID-19 response efforts and discussed planning for the 2020-2021 school year. Smith said that administrators are working through multiple scenarios, recognizing the many contingencies that the district should be prepared for. Adjustments to the already approved school calendar, however, is not something that Smith would recommend the district rush into, according to Belton ISD

Board members Janet Leigh and Ty Taggart, who were unopposed in re-election bids, were sworn in for their second terms as the district’s two at-large trustees.

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