Kirk Kelly named interim superintendent of Hamilton County Schools

Kirk Kelly named interim superintendent of Hamilton County Schools

April 21st, 2016 by Kendi A. Rainwater in Local Regional News

Kirk Kelly

Photo by John Rawlston /Times Free Press.

POLL: Will Kirk Kelly make a good interim schools superintendent?

The Hamilton County Board of Education voted to name Kirk Kelly interim superintendent.

Kelly has been acting co-superintendent since former-Superintendent Rick Smith stepped down from the position March 14.

The board interviewed three candidates this afternoon for the position, before voting.

School board members Steve Highlander, Joe Galloway, George Ricks, Karitsa Mosley and David Testerman voted for Kelly.

Jill Levine, principal at Normal Park Museum Magnet School, and Shaun Sadler, retired Marine commanding officer, were also interviewed.

School board members Jonathan Welch and Donna Horn cast votes for Levine. Rhonda Thurman and Greg Martin voted for Sadler.

The search for an interim-superintendent began when former-Superintendent Rick Smith resigned from the position March 14, after weathering more than three tumultuous months at the helm following the rape of an Ooltewah High School freshman, allegedly by three of his basketball teammates.

Local teacher named Tennessee's Science Educator of the Year

Shannon Seigle was selected as the Science Educator of the Year by the Tennessee Science Teachers Association.

Seigle is a teacher at STEM School Chattanooga.

The Hamilton County School board also honored the district's 2016 Teachers of the Year at tonight's board meeting. 


This is a developing story and was updated April 21 at 7:20 p.m.


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