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Superintendent of Mt. Vernon schools voted out

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MT. VERNON -- In a unanimous decision, Mt. Vernon School leaders agreed to part ways with superintendent Mike Smith.

It comes after months of complaints and talk of a change at the top-of-school leadership.

The board and Dr. Smith said their parting of ways came as a result of so-called "philosophical differences" they could not reconcile.

In a joint press release, Dr. Smith thanked community members, staff and students for generating success of the Mt. Vernon School District. 

 Winston Fullerton called it  "an easy decision to make". 

"I thought it was great," he said. "It needs a academy award."

 The Mt. Vernon High School administration has come under scrutiny with Smith's direction.

Voters complained of poor guidance, lack of communication and a bad working environment for staff.  

 Last November, three Mt. Vernon High School unions held no confidence votes against Dr. Smith. 

Fullerton believes many people support the decision made Monday evening 

"I think the community and the school district is tickled to death with this meeting tonight," he said.

In the meantime, the board will seek the assistance of Regional Superintendent of Schools Ron Daniels, as well as representatives from the Illinois State School Board. 

The Mount Vernon Board will immediately begin the process of searching for a new superintendent and hope to have that position filled this coming summer.

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