Harrisburg Superintendent Resigns

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By Nick Hausen

HARRISBURG -- Harrisburg School Superintendent Dennis Smith is resigning. The school board accepted his resignation at Tuesday night's meeting. Smith has been leading the Harrisburg district for more than seven years and was under contract through June 2015, but will step down January 1st.

In exchange Smith will receive a severance payment of $100,000. A statement from Smith's office says his resignation comes because of recent changes on the school board and differences in direction and approach that could not be reconciled.

Since April, four members of the Harrisburg school board have resigned or been replaced. That comes after several unsuccessful campaigns to fund a new high school.

The board members consist of: President: Tom DeNeal, Vice President: Kevin Dowdy, Billy Smith, Michelle Way, Jeffrey Drake, Brian Hester, Chris Penrod

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