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RCS superintendent to retire

Elisabeth Smith spends one turbulent year in top spot

— Vadney praised Smith’s work and said she would be greatly missed.

“She is a wonderful person to work with. Very dedicated,” he said. “Where ever she goes we will always be proud of her. Personally, I’m very sorry she is leaving but I understand life takes people down different paths.”

Vadney declined to discuss his recent arrest or the family’s lawsuit.

Smith said she was happy the district was able to pass the 2012-13 budget, with a 6.8 percent tax levy, in such difficult times. She is also proud of what the faculty and staff have been doing to change student learning objectives across all grade levels.

“Having been a part of the school district, I was excited about the opportunity to serve and see a lot of the initiatives we started come to fruition,” she said. “As a superintendent, there are always challenges. Some are expected and some are not, but it has been a rewarding experience.”

She said it was an honor and a privilege to be a part of the RCS community.

District officials have still not heard anything from the state regarding an investigation into voter fraud, but have been given the right to implement the budget, assuming it will stand as is.

“I personally believe although there could have been some irregularities, it does not impact the vote with how it passed in any way. The budget passed with a strong majority of votes and that says a lot about our community’s stance on the value of education,” said Smith.

The district will now begin the search for another superintendent, but an interim superintendent will be appointed soon.

“The education of our students will remain our priority as the district prepares for this change in leadership,” said Smith in a statement. “I will remain committed to realizing our mission throughout the transition.”

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