Today, the Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) Board of Education announced in a press release that it had selected Dr. Matthew Gutiérrez as the next Superintendent of Schools.
“On behalf of the Board of Education, it is a great honor and privilege to share this exciting news with our community,” Board of Education President Gloria Reyes said in a statement. “Although it is the Board who makes the final selection, it was unprecedented community input that helped develop a leadership profile representing the voices of our community serving as our guide. The level of community involvement in this process is something to be very proud of.”
Gutiérrez is currently the Superintendent of the Seguin Independent School District in Seguin, Texas. He previously served as deputy superintendent with the Plano Independent School District with 54,000 students and before that as an interim superintendent and human resources director in the Little Elm Independent School District. He began his career in education as a middle school English Language Arts teacher, and also served as an elementary principal and middle school assistant principal. Dr. Gutiérrez earned a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Texas Tech University.
“I am honored and humbled to be selected as the new superintendent of the Madison Public School System, and I am excited to join the Madison Community and the MMSD family,” Gutiérrez said in a statement. “During my visit to Madison, I was extremely impressed with the high level of community involvement and how community members hold education as a top priority. I realize that with this role comes a tremendous responsibility, and I will work hard to ensure that we keep our strategic framework goals and our students at the center of what we do. Community engagement and support to teachers, students and families will be top priorities.”
In a public forum last week, Gutiérrez repeatedly emphasized the importance of serving “every single learner,” including students of color, LGBTQ students, special education students, and all others.
The release from MMSD said Gutiérrez will finish out the school year in his current role as Superintendent with the Seguin Independent School District and will begin his tenure with MMSD on June 1. The release said Gutiérrez plans to visit MMSD to formally meet staff, the school board and the community before the end of the school year. Gutiérrez will be the first Latino person to lead the Madison Metropolitan School District.