Utah Superintendent of Public Schools Resigns
State School Superintendent Brad Smith resigned yesterday from the Utah State Office of Education. In a letter to state school board chair David Crandall, Smith said he has regrettably come to the conclusion that he is no longer able to make a positive contribution as state superintendent.
David Thomas is the first vice chair of the board. He wouldn’t say why Smith came to that conclusion, but says members of the board were not caught off guard by the decision.
“We’ve appreciated all that Brad has done and the leadership that he’s taken,” Thomas says. “We’ve done a lot of new and innovative things in the last 15 months that he’s been our state superintendent.”
The board voted back in October 2014 for then Ogden School District Superintendent Brad Smith to replace retiring State Superintendent Martell Menlove. It was a narrow vote that divided the body. Smith was known as a controversial figure in the Ogden district for his frank leadership style.
Utah Education Association President Sharon Gallagher-Fishbaugh says the state is in crisis and needs consistent leadership.