Carthage Superintendent Sean Smith has resigned from his post effective two weeks ago, according to a short written release made public on Monday.
Carthage Superintendent Sean Smith resigned from his post effective two weeks ago, according to a short written release made public on Monday.
Smith was placed on paid leave at a special board meeting on June 29.
The news release, which says it is a joint statement of Dr. Sean Smith and the Carthage R-9 School District, says in its entirety: “Carthage R-9 School District and Dr. Sean Smith, Superintendent of Schools, announce that Dr. Smith will resign from the Carthage R-9 School District effective July 31, 2017. The Board of Education and Dr. Smith agree that their goals are no longer mutually aligned. Dr. Smith and the Board of Education both wish each other well in their future endeavors.”
Board President Tony Diggs the board decided Dr. Smith was taking the district in a direction it didn't want to go, but he was not able to be more specific than that.
“Nothing illegal has happened,” Diggs said. “The board decided it wanted to maintain the same direction it has been going.”
Diggs said he didn't release the information that Smith had resigned because according to the process, Smith had a period of time when he could reconsider his resignation.
He said that time period ended on Friday and the district announced his resignation at a start of school rally for the staff before releasing the news to the public.
Dr. Smith had not returned a phone message seeking comment as of noon Monday.
Diggs said the Board will decide in the near future how to move forward and what will happen as far as the search for a new superintendent.
In July, Diggs announced that the Board of Education was looking into questions about Smith's performance as superintendent.
In a statement issued on July 5, Diggs said:
“Recently several issues concerning Dr. Smith’s performance were brought to the board’s attention. Dr. Smith will be on leave while the board makes inquiries into the issues raised and reviews the basis of those concerns. Until Dr. Smith’s return, please forward any issues that would otherwise be directed to Dr. Smith’s attention to Dr. Baker. With the start of school around the corner, we appreciate your patience as we work through this process to fulfill our commitment to our students and staff and we prepare for a highly successful school year.”
Dr. Mark Baker is the assistant superintendent for business.
Diggs said on Monday he will continue to handle the duties of superintendent as well as his regular duties.
The board has met three times since that announcement, once in regular session and twice in special session, with closed sessions held each time to discuss personnel issues.