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Superintendent Hamilton unexpectedly announces his retirement

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Board Chairman: “I had no idea this was coming.”

By Stevie Lowery

Almost two years to the day after Dr. Chuck Hamilton was hired to become the Marion County Superintendent, he unexpectedly announced his retirement Thursday evening, May 2.
Hamilton’s announcement came during a special-called meeting at the Marion County Board of Education office.
At 5 p.m., the board went into executive session to discuss personnel under KRS 61.810(1)(f).
The closed session lasted only two minutes and the board reconvened into open session and unanimously accepted Hamilton’s retirement, effective June 30.
There was no discussion and the board immediately adjourned.
After the meeting, Board Chairman Michael Mullins told the Enterprise that he had called the executive session so that the board could discuss the ongoing communication problems they have been having with Hamilton. But, he said he had no idea Hamilton was going to announce his retirement.
“Before we had a chance to even speak, he handed us the letter,” Mullins said. “Now that sounds like a communication problem to me.”
Hamilton’s letter was simply one sentence, dated May 1, and it read, “I am retiring from my position with the Marion County Board of Education effective the close of the day June 30, 2013.”
“I had no idea this was coming,” Mullins said. “I knew absolutely nothing about this, but it doesn’t surprise me because this is the relationship the superintendent and I, as chairman, have had since the beginning. No communication.”
The Enterprise attempted to reach Hamilton after the meeting, but was unable to do so.
Hamilton was unanimously voted to become the superintendent on May 5, 2011.
See more in the May 8 edition of The Lebanon Enterprise.