Hamilton County Commission names Joe Smith to serve on school board

Joe Smith, founder of YCAP, stands outside the boxing club at 1600 Central Ave. that the YMCA plans to fix up once the building is declared surplus city property and the YMCA receives ownership of it.
photo Joe Smith

Joe Smith will represent District 3 on the Hamilton County school board after receiving the support of five county commissioners Wednesday morning.

The school board is facing several important decisions in coming months, including the selection of a superintendent and an examination of the district's budget, and his appointment was an opportunity for the commission to place someone who aligns with its vision on the nine-member board.

Smith, a longtime YMCA official, will serve out the two remaining years of Greg Martin's term on the school board after Martin was elected to the commission earlier this month. Smith ran for the commission seat and lost to Martin on the Nov. 8 ballot.

"I'm honored and I'll hit the ground running," Smith told the commission before he was sworn into the position Wednesday.