Dr. Kevin J. Smith, the superintendent of Wilton Public Schools, will speak to the Kiwanis Club on “The State of Wilton Schools” at the club’s luncheon meeting this Wednesday.

Among the likely topics Smith will address is the proposed town budget, which will be considered in two weeks at Wilton’s Annual Town Meeting on Tuesday, May 2. The proposed school budget for FY’18 is currently $80,569,905, which represents a 0.0% increase over FY’17. In addition, there are several changes for the district on the drawing board, including a move to an educational coaching model; the new Library Learning Commons initiative; a digital 1:1 environment; the Universal Design for Learning approach to curriculum development; a revamped pre-K program; the development of a “Community Steps” transition program for 18-21 year old learners; and a reconstituted Evening School program.

There have been both challenges and achievements for Wilton Schools in the past year. While Smith has faced criticism from some teachers and community members about the proposed curriculum and coaching model changes, he will also likely tout such milestones as Wilton High School being ranked 2nd in the state and 56th nationally by Newsweek, and a Gold Medal School by U.S. News & World Report; Miller-Driscoll School‘s “Excelling School” designation by the CT Department of Education; Cider Mill School‘s designation as a “School of Distinction;” and achievements in athletics, standardized testing scores, music and Model Congress, among others.

Smith, who is a member of Kiwanis, received his undergraduate degree in political science from Marist College in 1995 and his master’s in educational leadership from Seton Hall University in 2001. He earned a doctorate in educational leadership from Fordham in 2006.

He taught second, third and seventh grade at Our Lady Queen of Angels Elementary School in Newark, N.J. He worked as the assistant principal at Sacred Heart School in the Bronx, N.Y., for three years, and then as the school’s principal from 2003 to 2006. He came to Wilton from Bethel, where he was principal of Bethel Middle School and then superintendent of Schools.

Smith lives in Trumbull with his wife, Jennifer, and their five children.

Non members are welcome to join the Kiwanis Club for lunch and the presentation, but reservations are required and can be made by calling Bud Taylor at 203.354.0208. The club meets weekly at the Wilton Episcopal Presbyterian Complex (WEPCO) on New Canaan Rd. from noon-1:30 p.m. every Wednesday for lunch and a speaker.