published Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

New Hamilton County superintendent makes principal moves

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    Rick Smith, superintendent for Hamilton County Schools, discusses education in his office.
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Hamilton County Superintendent Rick Smith announced Wednesday that he will be shuffling more than a dozen principals and assistant principals within the school system. Smith was voted into the job last week.

Rick Rushworth, assistant principal at Lookout Valley Middle/High School will be replacing longtime principal Lee McDade, who is moving into a job as assistant superintendent for administration.

Stacy Stewart, principal at Red Bank Middle School, will be promoted to assistant superintendent of personnel for the school system, and will be replaced by John Pierce, assistant principal at Red Bank High.

Maryo Beck, principal at Orchard Knob Middle School, will be reassigned to assistant principal at Central High School, and his job will be filled by Crystal Sorrells, an assistant principal at Brainerd High School.

At the elementary school level, Karen Hollis is moving from principal at Ganns Middle Valley Elementary to be elementary operation director at the central office. Sandra Jerardi, principal at Hixson Elementary, will replace Hollis, and Danna Thorne, principal at Birchwood Elementary, will replace Jerardi at Hixson.

Sharon Watts, principal at East Ridge Elementary, will become principal at Birchwood Elementary, and Carol Langston will leave a job at the central office to become principal at East Ridge.

Marthel Young is going to Rivermont Elementary from Orchard Knob Elementary while Angela Askins is going from Hillcrest Elementary to Falling Water Elementary.

Lee Ann Burk, principal at Brown Academy, will move to Falling Water as principal.

Jennifer Spates will be promoted from assistant principal at Bess T. Shepherd Elementary to principal at Brown Academy.

Katrina Gravitte will be promoted from assistant principal at Clifton Hills Elementary to principal at Daisy Elementary.

LaFrederick Thirkill will be promoted from assistant principal at Apison Elementary to principal at Orchard Knob Elementary.

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328Kwebsite said...

This is only a fraction of what's happening. Look at the listings. Who was in each of these jobs before? Where did they go? Fired, lied about a layoff for those almost old enough to retire, or transferred to some other task?

This is an incomplete report which does not provide us with a good picture of what happened in response to another secret self-appointment from the Metro Payoff Club.

This is the good news half of the truth. Have a reporter do some work on this topic, and then provide us with a news article on it. This press release echo does not count as an acceptable substitute for professional journalism. Flesh out the story with the facts.

July 13, 2011 at 6:57 p.m.
rosebud said...

Here's a better story, with more information reported by Channel 3 earlier today.

July 13, 2011 at 7:08 p.m.
SavartiTN said...

Is this what that documentary, Waiting For Superman, referred to as the "Turkey Trot?" That's where they take the ineffective education "turkeys" and "trot" them to a different position and hope that no one notices how bad they were. Hopefully not.

July 13, 2011 at 11:10 p.m.
Oz said...

Reynolds did it, Register did it, Scales did it.....Nothing new.

July 13, 2011 at 11:52 p.m.
chet123 said...


July 14, 2011 at 12:05 a.m.
Selah said...

chet123...he is not a dummy but I believe it will be business as usual. Except this time ALL is riding on his back and the fab 5. They better deliver b/c it has already become a costly wager.

July 14, 2011 at 1:47 a.m.

No folks. This is taking highly effective and high performing people and moving them into roles and responsibilites of influence on others. It is taking the low performers and moving them to roles of no responsibility.

It's called rewarding good deeds and good employees. I know that's foreign to unions and Democrats.

I know teachers at schools who are losing their great principals to other schools and admininstration roles. They are sad but then they know that good employees are now going to be rewarded and the bad ones will be excused.

Be patient folks.

July 14, 2011 at 8:14 a.m.
fairmon said...

With the current school board and other political influence it really doesn't matter who the superintendent is or what their qualifications are, the poor results will continue.


Does no PHD mean those of us that are not PHDs are dummies? Do you know what the title PHD stands for without looking it up? Yep, I guess you are right, you are a dummy. I know some people at the adult education center that helps adults improve their reading and writing skills if you are interested I will help you get involved with them. You may also learn there are colors other than black and white.

July 14, 2011 at 8:36 a.m.
MetroMax said...

Chet has OCD.

July 14, 2011 at 8:59 a.m.
fairmon said...


I agree and it is probably incurable.

July 14, 2011 at 4:36 p.m.
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