Smith new Hamilton County schools chief

Smith new Hamilton County schools chief

July 7th, 2011 by Staff Report in Local - Breaking News

Rick Smith

Photo by Harrison Keely/Times Free Press.

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.

For complete coverage see tomorrow's Times Free Press.

Replay the liveblog from the meeting here: