Dr. David BeldingAubrey ISD Superintendent
Dr. David Belding was named Aubrey Independent School District’s Superintendent in June of 2016. He brings over 30 years of experience at every level of a district and a belief in providing the best experience for students, while preparing them for success throughout their lives.
Prior to selecting a new superintendent, the Aubrey Board of Trustees held a public meeting and conducted online surveys with the community. The end result was that the community wanted a superintendent who would be able to manage district growth, consistently attain ever-changing technology and bring cutting-edge educational methods to Aubrey ISD - all while maintaining a small-town environment.
In just three years, Dr. Belding has made large strides in accomplishing these goals, while also broadening the Aubrey ISD mission to inspire, nurture and empower all students to realize their potential and to succeed in an ever-changing world.
One of the first things Dr. Belding did was oversee the creation of the Aubrey ISD’s strategic plan by working with community stakeholders. The strategic plan contains the district’s mission/vision/values statements. It includes a ‘Portrait of a Graduate’, goals and strategies to achieve the stated vision. The process to create the plan took three months and included community members, parents, business leaders, city officials, teachers, staff and students. The strategic plan was approved by the board of trustees in June 2017 and implementation began in the fall of 2017.
Dr. Belding also steered the district through a bond election. In November 2017, the Aubrey community approved the district’s bond election with 72.8 percent of voters in favor of the $51 million proposition. The recommendations for the bond proposal were made to the board by a Facility Planning Committee made up of community members, parents, teachers and staff. More than 60 percent of the $51 million bond will be used to accommodate the increase in student enrollment, with a portion of the money earmarked for the district’s third elementary school.
In order to keep up with advances in technology, Dr. Belding implemented a technology upgrade for the entire district, which includes improving the district’s network infrastructure, giving laptops to every teacher, installing a new phone system and increasing the number of student devices.
Dr. Belding has created several collaborative teams at AISD, including the District Leadership Team, the Superintendent’s Cabinet, the Superintendent’s Advisory Council, and added instructional rounds at each campus to Principal Meetings.
Prior to coming to Aubrey, Dr. Belding served as Superintendent of Schools for Millsap ISD from January 2012 through June 2016. While at Millsap, Dr. Belding established Millsap ISD’s Strategic Plan by working with community stakeholders and creating the Millsap ISD “Portrait of a Graduate.” He also worked in partnership with Weatherford College and Ranger College to create a Dual Credit Academy at Millsap High School allowing students to earn up to 42 college credit hours during high school. He also established a district scorecard titled “Millsap ISD Measures of Success” to measure growth and progress toward district priorities.
Dr. Belding worked with community-based programs in Millsap ISD, including presentations to the Millsap City Council, the Millsap After School Program, an outdoor learning center at Millsap Elementary School funded by a grant in partnership with the Fort Worth Zoo, and the construction of an outdoor learning environment and memorial at Millsap Middle School honoring the historic 1941 Millsap School building.
His educational career started in 1987 when he became a middle school and high school band director in Fort Worth ISD and then in Weatherford and Azle school districts. He was assistant principal at Hall Middle and principal of Curtis Elementary – both in Weatherford ISD. He also served as the Director of Assessment and Organizational Development at WISD and principal of Weatherford High School.
Dr. Belding received his bachelor’s in music education from Texas Christian University and a master’s and doctorate of education from Tarleton State University.
Dr. Belding and his wife, Angela Belding, who serves as program coordinator for Brazos River Regional Program for the Deaf, have three grown children: Jacob, a teacher in Decatur ISD and daughter-in-law Samantha; Mark, a graduate student at Texas Christian University, and Allison, a junior at Texas Woman’s University. They have two grandchildren, Paul and Reagan.
Dr. Belding and the staff of Aubrey ISD always want to hear from students, parents and constituents. To contact the administration’s office, call (940) 668-0060.
Dr. Belding’s Accolades
- Served as TASA Chair for Region 11 in 2017-2018
- Member of the TASA Future Ready Superintendent Leadership Institute during the 2012-2013 school year.
- Member of the TASA Future Ready Superintendent Leadership Network.
- Member of the TASA Executive Committee representing Region 11 for 2016-present.
- Served as Program Chair for TASA in Region 11 for 2016-2017.
- Served on the Superintendent’s Advisory Council for Region 11 Education Service Center for 2017-18
- Led the Creation of the Future Ready Schools of Northwest Texas Consortium in Region XI.
- Attended Texas Association of School Administrators’ Superintendent Leadership Network at Milliken Industries in South Carolina.
- Served as a National Faculty Member of American College of Education for five years.
- Served as an Adjunct Professor in the Doctoral Program for Tarleton State University Summer of 2015.
- Superintendent Mentor for TASA
- Served as TASA Chair for Region 11 in 2017-2018