Beeman accepts SD2 superintendent job

2010-04-08T19:27:00Z Beeman accepts SD2 superintendent jobROB ROGERS Of The Gazette Staff The Billings Gazette
April 08, 2010 7:27 pm  • 

Keith Beeman has agreed to become the new superintendent for Billings School District 2.

“I’ve expressed my interest,” Beeman said.

The board voted eight in favor of Beeman with one trustee abstaining at a special meeting Monday night. Beeman would officially start on July 1. But he may come to town a little sooner to spend some time with outgoing Superintendent Jack Copps.

“The board and I are going to be talking about that,” said Beeman, who has been associate superintendent of human resources for the Chino Valley Unified School District in Southern California since 2006.

With Beeman’s acceptance of the board’s offer, he begins the process of negotiating his contract.

“My office will work directly with Beeman to go through a draft contract,” said Bob Vogel, an official with the Montana School Board Association who conducted the search for SD2’s next superintendent.

He said MTSBA will use Copps’ existing contract as a template for fashioning a draft contract for Beeman, which the SD2 board then may approve.

Vogel’s hope is to have a draft completed in time for a board vote at the April 19 board meeting.

In early December, the board voted unanimously to set the new superintendent’s salary between $140,000 and $165,000.

Negotiations would take that into account, Vogel said. Generally when a contract is negotiated, the two sides decide on the overall annual value of the contract and then break down how much of it would be paid as salary and how much would be benefits, he said.

It’s likely he and Beeman would use the same process for Beeman’s contract, Vogel said.

Beeman said he’s eager to get to Billings and start the transition process.

“I’m moving away from some good friends,” he said. “Conversely, I’m excited about making new friends.”

Beeman said he wants to get right to work developing solid relationships with the community and the district. It’ll be important to make that transition as quickly as possible, he said.

Contact Rob Rogers at rrogers@billingsgazette.com or at 406-657-1231.

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