HAMILTON COUNTY, TN. (WRCB)- Hamilton County School Board members are expected to select Rick Smith as its next superintendent at a called meeting on Thursday July 7.  Board chairman Mike Evatt has issued this announcement:

At 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 7, 2011 the Hamilton County Board of Education will meet in a work session to discuss the pending superintendent appointment. At 5:30 p.m., immediately following the work session, the Board will meet in Special Called Session for the purpose of appointing the next Superintendent of Hamilton County Schools.

Smith is believed to have the support of at least 5 of the 9 Board members.  The vacancy opened when the Board voted to buy out the final year of Dr. Jim Scales' contract.