SD2 superintendent Beeman's contract up for early renewal

2011-09-06T13:38:00Z 2011-09-07T00:25:07Z SD2 superintendent Beeman's contract up for early renewal

By ROB ROGERS

Of The Gazette Staff

The Billings Gazette
September 06, 2011 1:38 pm  • 

The Billings School District 2 board will vote this month on whether to renew Superintendent Keith Beeman’s contract.

The board has yet to decide if it will take up the contract vote at a special meeting set for Tuesday or at its regular meeting on Sept. 26, board Chairwoman Barbara Bryan said.

She and trustees Connie Wardell and Pam Ellis met with district staff Tuesday afternoon to set the agendas for the month’s meetings.

Beeman started with the district in July 2010 and initially signed a two-year contract for an annual salary of $160,000 with no raise that expired in the summer of 2012.

But in May, the board took up the issue of Beeman’s contract with the intent of renewing it a year early and extending it through 2014.

At the time, both Beeman and Bryan said the decision to renew the contract was of joint interest to the board and the district. A resolution attached to the May meeting agenda reflected those sentiments.

“The board believes it’s in the best interest of the district to engage Dr. Beeman’s services as superintendent beyond the termination of his current employment contract,” the resolution read.

It also says that Beeman has “expressed interest” in staying on as superintendent beyond 2012.

But the contract was never voted on.

At that May meeting, Beeman’s old contract was included with the agenda rather than his proposed new one. As such, the board voted to wait a month to open talks with Beeman, giving trustees and the public a chance to see the new contract.

But instead of dealing with it in June, the board quietly pulled it from the agenda altogether, with the intent of revisiting the issue in the fall.

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

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