A Grateful Community Bids Fond Farewell to Superintendent of 13 Years

A Grateful Community Bids Fond Farewell to Superintendent of 13 Years
Posted on 12/17/2020
Dr. SmithOn December 31, 2020, Clear Creek ISD Superintendent of Schools Dr. Greg Smith will officially retire from a lifelong career as an educator. 

Smith has served at the helm of CCISD for 13 years, and evidence of his impact shines brightly throughout the hallways and classrooms of the 110-square mile school district. 

From the Clear Creek Education Foundation and Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce to the CCISD Board of Trustees, students and staff, a grateful community found unique ways over the past several weeks in which to express warm appreciation for Smith’s bold and steady leadership that helped set CCISD apart as a high-performing school district.

At Smith’s final Clear Creek ISD Regular School Board Meeting on December 14, 2020, the retiring Superintendent was surprised by a performance of a new composition by Creekside Orchestra Director and Composer Liam Ramsey-White. As a poignant gift from the Board of Trustees and Smith’s leadership team, the composition, called Onward to New Horizons, was inspired by and commissioned for Smith upon the occasion of his retirement. Members of the Clear Lake High School Orchestra and Clear Falls High School band recently performed the arrangement at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion and a recording of the work was heard publicly for the first time at the board meeting. CCISD Director of Fine Arts Greg Goodman presented Smith with a printed and bound memento of the commissioned score. Click here to view the photo gallery.

Click here to view portions of the memento, which includes a closer view into Smith’s career achievements and immeasurable contributions to public education and CCISD. 

The District’s 45 school communities also paid tribute to their leader during the meeting. Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Education Dr. Karen Engle and Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Education Holly Hughes presented an elaborate quilt that members of the CCISD family created featuring campus-branded t-shirts and milestone moments during Smith’s tenure. 

The recording of the Onward to New Horizons performance, along with a few other special video features, follow below:

Performance of “Onward to New Horizons,” a Composition by Liam Ramsey-White, Commissioned for Dr. Greg Smith - Click Here

A Thank You from Student Voices - Click Here

Dr. Smith’s Own Reflections on His Time in Clear Creek ISD - Click Here

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