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Dr. Kirk Kelly moves to consultant position for Hamilton Co. schools, will retire in July

Hamilton County Department of Education (HCDE) spokeswoman Amy Katcher confirmed with NewsChannel 9 Monday that Dr. Kirk Kelly has moved into a consultant position for the county. (Image: WTVC)

UPDATE:

On Tuesday, Latricia Thomas spoke with the School Board Attorney on Kirk Kelly's new position and his plans for the future.

Dr. Bryan Johnson started as the new superintendent on Monday, July 17th. However, he is still on the payroll of his former school district. We're told he cannot be on the payroll of two school districts.

Because Dr. Johnson's obligations with his former district, Dr. Kirk Kelly has been given a new position to help with the transitioning of the two superintendents.

Dr. Kelly has plans of retirement in the near future, but until then he says that he will help Dr. Johnson.

Depend on us to give you updates as they become available.

PREVIOUSLY:

Hamilton County Department of Education (HCDE) spokeswoman Amy Katcher confirmed with NewsChannel 9 Monday that Dr. Kirk Kelly has moved into a consultant position for the county.

Katcher says Kelly's change in position corresponds to Dr. Bryan John's transition to the superintendent position.

School Board Chairman Steve Highlander told NewsChannel 9 that he was not familiar with the consultation role and could not say what the position's duties were.

Hamilton County School Board attorney Scott Bennett says that Dr. Kelly agreed to stay on until the end of July before the school board finalized Dr. Johnson's contract.

Bennett says Kelly becomes a consultant "once Dr. Johnson is on board." Bennett has not yet explained what he means by "on board."

Bennett also says that Dr. Kelly will assist Dr. Johnson in the transition as necessary. He says the board will finalize the arrangement on Thursday.

The superintendent contract officially started Monday. Dr. Johnson's salary will be $197,500.

Dr. Kelly's salary was $160,000 before the transition.

We have asked for clarification on Dr. Kelly's new salary, and whether Hamilton County will be paying two superintendent salaries if Dr. Kelly maintains his position until the end of July.

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