School board eyes external audit of school culture in wake of Ooltewah rape case

Hamilton County School Board Chairman Jonathan Welch reads a prepared statement during a public session concerning the Ooltewah High School basketball rape case Wednesday night in front of an overflow crowd. Welch immediately adjourned the meeting with no other comments or discussion allowed. School board member Donna Horn, left, sits alongside.
photo Ooltewah High School sign

photo Scott Bennett

photo School board members Rhonda Thurman, left, and Karitsa Mosley listen as the Hamilton County Board of Education meets to rework their 2016 budget request Monday, June 1, 2015, in Chattanooga, Tenn.

In the wake of the alleged rape of an Ooltewah High School freshman, the Hamilton County school board discussed having an external review of individual schools' culture and ensuring board policies are being implemented across the district.

During Thursday night's board of education meeting, Chairman Jonathan Welch asked the board to consider commissioning a districtwide audit of schools.