A retired Marine who advised Obama could be the next superintendent of Hamilton County Schools

Hamilton County School Superintendent Rick Smith, third from right, waits with school board members for their meeting to start on Jan. 21. Seated from left are Rhonda Thurman, Karitsa Mosley, David Testerman, George Ricks Sr., Smith, Dr. Jonathan Welch and Donna Horn.

John Cosgrove has removed his name from consideration to be the Hamilton County Schools interim superintendent, leaving Shaun Sadler as the sole candidate.

Hamilton County Board of Education Chairman Jonathan Welch said people can apply for the position through Friday, and the school board is scheduled to vote Monday on Superintendent Rick Smith's future.

If the board votes to fire or buy out the remainder of Smith's contract - at $269,000 - an interim superintendent will need to be named by the school board.

Regardless of whether the board votes to accept the buyout, school officials say Smith will receive a payout of more than $234,000 in vacation pay and about $6,800 in sick pay. He will also receive an annual pension estimated to be around $95,000 because of his more than three decades of service to the school system.

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