HCPS board holding seat for Smith

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By Cindy DiFazio

Staff writer/photographer

Longtime HCPS board member and community activist John Smith is continuing to recuperate from a stroke he suffered on June 30.

Smith was transferred from Baptist Hospital Northeast in La Grange to The Richwood rehabilitation facility Monday, Aug. 24. His wife, Henrietta said he has good days and bad days. “It’s going to take some time,” she said, “but he’s progressing.”

Smith was re-elected to the board in 2008 and wouldn’t be up for reelection again until 2012.

School superintendent Tim Abrams said the type of stroke known as a bleed on Smith’s brain has temporarily affected his ability to process information though he is physically able to talk.

Abrams said he called the Kentucky School Board Association to determine the board’s options in such a situation.

He said after a member has missed three meetings the board member may be dismissed or the remaining members may excuse the absence.

“The board voted to excuse him,” Abrams said, “and I believe the board will continue to excuse him until his seat comes up in the general election.”

Board chairman Donnie Tipton said he does not foresee a change in the board’s decision.

“He’s given the school thirty-some years,” he said. “I’m hoping that it would be his or his family’s decision.”

Abrams said Smith continues to have Henry County’s interests at heart.

“When I visited him,” he said, “first thing John asked me was how the progress was going on the high school.”


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