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Rick Smith surveys principals on Central Office efficiency

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CHATTANOOGA (WRCB)- Interim Hamilton County Schools superintendent Rick Smith, believed to be the leading candidate for a long-term contract for the job, is surveying principals on how they think the District could be run more efficiently.

During a two-day retreat in Chattanooga, Smith handed out a detailed questionnaire, covering each department of the District's Central Office operations.  Smith told Eyewitness News, "I know principals are on the front lines, and they know what's working and what needs to be improved.  I want their input as we take a look at how we can run more efficiently, and meet their needs in the best way we can."

The questionnaire "did not name names," according to Smith.  Instead, principals were asked to rate the effectiveness and efficiency of each department.  They were also encouraged to make any extra comments about their concerns.  "The survey was completely anonymous," Smith said.  "I wanted the principals to feel free to express their honest opinions about our Central Office operations."

He said he would spend part of the July 4th holiday looking over the individual responses from the 75 administrators.  He said announcements about Central Office staffing changes and principal appointments would be made after the July 7 School Board meeting.  It is widely believed that he has the support of at least five of the nine Board members to become the District's full-time superintendent, following the recent buyout of Dr. Jim Scales' contract.

Earlier this month, in his first interview as interim superintendent, Smith told Eyewitness News that he is hoping for at least a four-year contract, "and then we'll look at it from there.  Smith, 58, has been with Hamilton County Schools for 28 years.

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