CHATTANOOGA (WRCB)- The Dallas (TX) Morning News is reporting that Hamilton County School Supt. Jim Scales was not selected as interim superintendent of the Dallas Independent School District.  Chief Financial Officer Alan King was chosen from a field of five candidates, all with past or present ties to the District.

Dr. Scales' last day on the job in Hamilton County is set for Friday, after School Board members voted on May 26 to buy out the final year of his four-year contract.  He came to Hamilton County in 2006 after serving as an assistant superintendent in Dallas. 

His last day will include a farewell reception aboard the Southern Belle riverboat, with central office employees and principals among those invited.  In recent weeks, his executive assistant, director of communications and Chief Financial Officer have also announced their departures from Hamilton County Schools.

Scales was one of five finalists, whittled down from a list of ten last week.  Scales is a former administrator in the Dallas district.  The other four candidates included a former superintendent of the district, two current Dallas central office administrators and a principal from within the district.

The vacancy was created when current superintendent Michael Hinojosa resigned his post to become superintendent of Cobb County (GA) Schools.