Laurel superintendent hired for SD2 post

2011-03-21T22:30:00Z 2012-01-30T13:45:08Z Laurel superintendent hired for SD2 postBy ROB ROGERS Of The Gazette Staff The Billings Gazette
March 21, 2011 10:30 pm  • 

The Laurel Public Schools superintendent has been hired for a new assistant superintendent position by Billings School District 2, pending board approval.

Josh Middleton announced late last year that he would resign from the Laurel school district this summer. He was named assistant superintendent of administration and operation support at SD2's board meeting Monday.

"I'm really quite pleased and honored to be considered," Middleton said by phone Monday night.

Joining Middleton will be Gail Surwill, now SD2's executive director of curriculum and instruction. She was named the new assistant superintendent of teaching and leadership support, also a new position.

Brenda Koch, superintendent of Elysian Public Schools, was named the new executive director of school leadership support. She'll work with Kathy Olson, who will have the same title. Olson now is executive director of elementary education for SD2.

Beeman announced last month that he was changing leadership at the district level, reducing the number of directors who report to directly to him from nine to four.

His hope with the change that he can manage his time more effectively and create an environment that fosters better leadership, he said.

Middleton's decision to leave Laurel were spurred by a doctorate of education that he'll receive from Montana State University in May and a desire to look for his next challenge.

 "SD2 will provide that," he said.

Laurel announced last week that it had hired Tim Bronk, school superintendent in Darby, to replace Middleton.

The Billings School District 2 board will meet again Thursday to approve the new hires.

Contact Rob Rogers at or 657-1231.

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