School board votes to buy out Superintendent Rick Smith's contract

Board member yells at woman in audience during tense meeting

Hamilton County Schools Superintendent Rick Smith enters a school board meeting room before a short public meeting in Chattanooga, Tenn., Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016. Tennessee's Ooltewah High School has called off the rest of its basketball season after three of its players were arrested on charges of raping a teammate in an apparent hazing incident. Smith said he was taking this "very unusual step" with the high school "so that the criminal justice system can work the way we expect." (Tim Barber/Chattanooga Times Free Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDITCREDIT
photo Hamilton County Schools Superintendent Rick Smith enters a school board meeting room before a short public meeting in Chattanooga, Tenn., Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016. Tennessee's Ooltewah High School has called off the rest of its basketball season after three of its players were arrested on charges of raping a teammate in an apparent hazing incident. Smith said he was taking this "very unusual step" with the high school "so that the criminal justice system can work the way we expect." (Tim Barber/Chattanooga Times Free Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDITCREDIT

The Hamilton County Board of Education has voted to pursue a separation agreement with Superintendent Rick Smith.

The board will buy out Smith's contract, the group decided during a heated board meeting in which David Testerman yelled and became red in the face.