Hamilton County school board in disagreement over new interim superintendent

The Hamilton County Board of Education voted to name Kirk Kelly interim superintendent Thursday, April 21, 2016 at the Hamilton County School Board building.
photo School board member Joe Galloway, right, speaks during a meeting of the Hamilton County Board of Education to name an interim superintendent Thursday, April 21, 2016 at the Hamilton County School Board building.

The new interim superintendent of Hamilton County Schools is no stranger to the district. The school board voted Thursday night to place Kirk Kelly at the helm.

Kelly has been in the district for decades and previously served as assistant superintendent of testing and accountability before being named acting co-superintendent when former Superintendent Rick Smith resigned March 14.

School board members Steve Highlander, Joe Galloway, George Ricks, Karitsa Mosley and David Testerman voted for Kelly after interviewing three candidates for about 30 minutes each.

Galloway