Greeson: Smith's departure puts onus on school board to fix this

Hamilton County Schools Superintendent Rick Smith signs some paperwork at a school board meeting in February when board members discussed options for an interim superintendent.

Rick Smith resigned Monday.

He should have resigned last Monday. Or been fired. Or bought out.

That's water under the bridge, down there where our schools' test scores are sinking.

photo Jay Greeson

Smith's career ended Monday, and in some ways that's sad. The final chapter of his 33-year run in the education system has been tragic, but that's not the entire story.

It's somewhat fitting that his resignation came after this paper's Kendi Anderson's story about the district's mostly failed efforts to improve our most-struggling schools - as pertinent to the state of leadership in the system as the horrific details of the headline-stealing scenes from within the Ooltewah basketball program.