Hamilton County Schools Superintendent announces retirement

CHATTANOOGA (WATE) – Hamilton County Schools Superintendent Rick Smith announced his retirement Monday.

Related: Hamilton County school board rejects superintendent buyout over player rape

Smith’s last day is expected to be July 1.

He told WTVC in a statement: “Today I am announcing my retirement from Hamilton County Schools. My retirement will be effective July 1, 2016. I will be taking leave effective immediately. Until such time as an interim Superintendent is named, the day-to-day operations will be delegated to the executive staff members and administrative assistants. It has been my honor to serve Hamilton County Schools these many years. I would like to thank students, parents and especially all Hamilton County Department of Education employees for their support. My family and I wish only the very best for our Hamilton County public school system.”

Recently, Smith was been criticized for his role in the Ooltewah case. The case concerns the alleged rape of a Ooltewah high school basketball player that occurred in Gatlinburg in December. Investigators say the teen was sodomized with a pool cue by teammates. The victim received a rupture bladder, according to investigators.

Smith spoke in a preliminary hearing in February for a trail concerning three adult chaperones. The adults are facing charges for not reporting child abuse. He testified not that the trip was not authorized by the school board.

To report child abuse in Tennessee, call 1-877-237-0004

Afterwards, Smith asked the school board to buy out his contract. His term was to end in 2019. However, the motion was struck down. His term was to end in 2019.

WTVC and AP helped with the formation of this story. 

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