published Thursday, July 7th, 2011

Smith new Hamilton County schools chief

The Hamlton County school board voted 5-3 today to hire Rick Smith as superintendent.

Board members who voted against Smith’s hire and the four-year contract stipulating his $163,500 annual salary and $7,200 car allowance each year, said they are embarrassed by the decision, calling the process to select Smith unprofessional, secretive and politically motivated.

A large crowd of people sat, stood and crowded into the hallway outside the board meeting room.

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nucanuck said...

At least no one is claiming that we selected Rick Smith "for the children".

July 7, 2011 at 8:01 p.m.
328Kwebsite said...

This has nothing to do with the academic opinions of school textbooks, that's for sure. I suspect that this whole ouster and replacement deal is about moving about a million dollars of payroll around to shake another $100K out of it.

July 7, 2011 at 8:07 p.m.
AlmostAmanda said...

I don't agree at all with the way this happened, but since it has, I do hope Mr. Smith will make good decisions and solicit opinions from teachers and school administrators.

July 7, 2011 at 8:26 p.m.
NoMyth said...

Kudos to the three Board members that voted "no". I too am "embarrassed" by this "unprofessional, secretive and politically motivated" decision. This is Chattanooga at its worst...with full-blown cronyism on display. Putin would be proud!

July 7, 2011 at 9:21 p.m.
whitelie said...

Can I be Vice Sup. of nutrition,I dont have a degree but I have experence at finding a weekly menu,The menu is as follows for all Hamilton county schools:Mondays and Tuesdays wings from HEAVENLY WINGS,their 49 cents each on those days,on Wednesdays hotdogs from CENTRAL PARK THEIR 49cents on those days,on Thursdays every one gets a three piece from CHURCHES CHICKEN,its only 1.99 for a three piece,you can pick spicy or original,Fridays everyone gets fried fish from MARYS BAR AND GRILL ON MCCALLIE AVE,LIKE I SAID I HAVE NO DEGREE BUT IVE BEEN FINDING DEALS FOR TWENTY YEARS

July 7, 2011 at 9:51 p.m.
adolphochs said...

The average SAT and ACT scores for education majors are generally the lowest for any majors at our universities. An Ed.D. from most schools of education is equivalent to having a masters degree from one of those diploma mills advertising on the back of a match book. Exhibit A: Dr. Tommie Browne.

"God made the Idiot for practice, and then He made the School Board". Mark Twain

July 7, 2011 at 10:20 p.m.
whitelie said...


July 7, 2011 at 10:36 p.m.
SavartiTN said...

Ok, so Mr. Smith, can we now discuss the following:

1) Why is Hamilton Co. Schools not informing students of the Federally mandated school fee waivers?

2) Can we change high/middle school start times to a reasonable 8:30 am. Later start times are producing results at Howard, right? We all know that the 9 am start time at CSAS seems to work wonders. It would be nice if my child would get to school in the daylight...not while it is still dark outside.

Please don't say that we have a 3 tiered bus schedule and can't do it. Knoxville has nearly 40% more students than Chattanooga, a 3 tiered bus schedule, and they manage to get the high/middle school students a start time of 8:30 am.

3)Do something about the buses not coming into neighborhoods to pick up children. My kids have walk nearly 3/4 mile and cross a busy highway to catch a the dark. Geez!

4) Textbooks for classes like MATH and ENGLISH and HISTORY would be nice.

That's my list for today. I will check back with tomorrow. Thanks.

July 7, 2011 at 11:10 p.m.
AlmostAmanda said...

adolphochs, I have seen that statement about ACT and SAT scores thrown around a lot on this site, but I've never seen anyone post a source to back up their info. I checked Google but couldn't find anything there. Perhaps you could provide some proof to your claim.

July 8, 2011 at 12:40 a.m.
Oz said...

Rhonda has done an excellent job of making the board more accountable. The people bashing her because she is a hairdresser are idiots. Hairdressers are small business owners. They understand profit, loss, and waste. Small business owners try to maximize value for their dollar. Hairdressers don't have to own the shop to be self-employed. Most lease a booth inside a shop and they are still self-employed. They must provide a quality product or they will starve. Hairdressers don't have a union to cover their butt for sub-prime work.(I'm not bashing teachers. I think 90% of our teachers are excelllent and they take the heat for the other 10%.) Hairdressers get a ton of on the job traing that is far more valuable than a college degree. Some lessons are costly but they never stop learning. If they do stop learning they will go out of business.

We all know people with college degrees that can't drive across town with a GPS. College degrees do not determine intelligence. You can disagree with her politics but don't under estimate her intelligence. Chattanooga has many successfull small business owners without a college degrees. They serve on many boards in Chattanooga and they do a lot of charity work too.

Steve Jobs went to college for one semester. Bill Gates did not finish college. Henry Ford was machinist. Walt Disney was a high school drop out. I don't guess any of these people would qualify to serve on a school board either?

July 8, 2011 at 10:22 a.m.
SavartiTN said...

Hey, almostamanda, I found the website that shows the general gre scores by major directly from ETS...the people do the GRE. That's the exam that undergrads have to take to work on their master's degree.

Unfortunately for your argument, the Education majors had some of the lowest averages. In particular, those who are intending on working on a master's in administration. Scroll down to pages 17, 18 , 19 and see for yourself.

July 8, 2011 at 11:59 a.m.
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