Greeson: School board members let us down; Smith needs to go

Rick Smith talks with board member Joe Galloway after the meeting of the Hamilton County School Board on Monday, Mar. 7, 2016, in Chattanooga, Tenn. The board declined to take action, leaving Rick Smith in place as superintendent.

Monday night the school board failed us.

The flimsy five - Steve Highlander, Donna Horn, Greg Martin, Karitsa Mosley and Rhonda Thurman - voted to try to keep their jobs (by pleasing a vocal minority of constituents) rather than voting to do their jobs (and serving the students of the county).

That quintet theoretically welcomed back Rick Smith to lead a school system for possibly the next three-plus years despite a record so bad that the Washington Generals are giggling.

Scores at some schools are rotten. Teacher morale is worse. Facilities have moved beyond a laughingstock and landed right smack dab in the middle of dangerous.

I know Rick Smith. I like Rick Smith. I supported Rick Smith.

And Rick Smith's time as the superintendent should be over.