- Associated Press - Friday, October 10, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Ogden School District Superintendent Brad Smith has been selected as the new chief of Utah schools.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1vUUOvH ) that Smith received only the minimum votes needed to be appointed from the divided board.

Smith was chosen over three other finalists. Search committee chairman Jefferson Moss said Smith’s experience leading a school district that is racially and economically diverse impressed him.

Smith has been superintendent in Ogden since 2011 and served of the district’s board of education before that.

Smith, an attorney, wasn’t always popular with the teacher’s union in Ogden over some of his decisions aimed at improving a district he said had been too complacent.

Lisa Vipperman, a former Ogden educator, said she’s horrified at the idea of Smith being in charge of the state school system.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, http://www.sltrib.com

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