BELTON — Belton High School Principal Jill Ross will take over the new Lake Belton High School, which will open in fall 2020.

Belton Independent School District Superintendent Susan Kincannon announced the change Thursday. Ross will be replaced by Ben Smith, who is currently the principal of Belton New Tech High School @ Waskow.

Lake Belton High School is currently under construction near State Highway 317 and FM 2483 in West Temple.

According to a Belton ISD news release, Ross will begin serving as Lake Belton High principal in August of this year, allowing her to focus on planning the new school’s future for the 2019-2020 school year.

Kincannon said that Ross’ initial duties will include choosing new staff, choosing instructional materials for all subject areas, developing internal processes and systems, and selecting furniture and equipment for specialized program areas.