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Butler Tech CEO Denied Contract Renewal
Thursday, August 23, 2012 2:27:20 PM - Monroe Ohio

Staff Report

The contract for Butler Tech’s superintendent and CEO has not been renewed, just two months after an employee survey revealed a “crisis of confidence” in his leadership. The Board of Education voted 6-5 Tuesday not to renew a three-year contract for Brett Smith, who has led the state’s largest career technology center since 2010 when he replaced Bob Summers.

Smith, 58 is reportedly making $125,000 per year. He had been superintendent of Pickaway-Ross Career and Technology Center for 11 years. 

The staff survey showed that only 42 percent of employees expressed confidence in Smith and concluded “Butler Tech’s leadership has lost credibility.” Approximately 70 percent of Butler Tech’s 380 employees took part in the survey.

Voting against renewal was Katie McNeil, a board representative from Middletown schools, vice president Glenda Holt of Ross, Mike Miller of Madison, Brett Guido of Monroe, Sue Price of New Miami and Lois Vollmer of Talawanda.

Regarding Brett Smith's contract, Brett Guido had this to say, " Brett has another year remaining on his contract. I felt the board needed more time to discuss his contract before renewing. It had nothing to do with me not respecting his abilities to leaf the organization. I fully support him at this point. He is continuing on as before. This is just part of the process."

Brett Smith was hired as Superintendent/CEO of Butler Tech in July of 2010, becoming only the fourth top executive to lead the district since it opened its doors in 1975.From 1999 – 2010, Brett was Superintendent of Pickaway-Ross Career & Technology Center where he initiated many significant improvements to provide high quality career tech programming for the students of Pickaway and Ross Counties. In 2006 he helped the district pass its first operating levy in over 25 years. Under his leadership in 2009, Pickaway-Ross Career & Technology Center, with the help of the Ohio Schools Facility Commission, completed a $20 million renovation project, providing the secondary and adult students with state of the art facilities and equipment. Brett received his bachelor’s degree from Heidelberg College in 1976 and holds a master’s degree from Kent State University in Educational Administration. He is affiliated with Ohio Association of Career-Technical Superintendents; Ohio School Boards Association; Ohio Association of Secondary School Administrators; Buckeye Association of School Administrators; Association for Career and Technical Education.

Additional source: Middletown Journal, Westchester Buzz, Pulse Journal

Butler Tech, founded in 1975, is Ohio’s largest career-technical school district, and has been the top performing career technical school district in the state for three consecutive years, according to officials. It serves students from Edgewood, Fairfield, Lakota, Madison, Middletown, Monroe, New Miami, Northwest, Ross and Talawanda school districts, as well as adult students from across the country. More than 27,000 students were enrolled in a Butler Tech programs last year.

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