SD2 director of adult education resigns citing health concens

2014-01-09T17:30:00Z 2014-01-10T14:31:05Z SD2 director of adult education resigns citing health concensBy ROB ROGERS rrogers@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

The director of adult education for Billings School District 2 has resigned after months away on personal leave.

Josh Middleton was hired by SD2 in 2011 as assistant superintendent and a year later was named its executive director of adult education. Before his move to Billings he had been superintendent in Laurel for nearly a decade. He’s been an educator for 28 years.

“We wish him well,” SD2 Superintendent Terry Bouck said Thursday.

Middleton first stepped away in late September citing health concerns and was out for much of the fall and winter.

He declined to comment, and referred to the letter he sent to the district.

In a letter to staff, he wrote, “I submitted my letter of resignation to the district. Adult and Community ed deserves a leader who can get in the game and lead the largest and best program in the state. Unfortunately, my health prevents me from making a return in the near future, so I wanted to give the district the opportunity to find the right leader.”

Bouck said the search for a new director is underway.

The district plans to hire an interim director while searching for a permanent replacement who likely could start in the fall.

Middleton announced in late 2010 that he planned to leave Laurel after earning his doctorate degree from Montana State University. Three months later he was hired by previous SD2 superintendent Keith Beeman.

Beeman’s tenure at the district quickly turned tumultuous and Beeman left in October of 2012. Middleton, along with five other candidates, applied to fill his spot as interim superintendent.

The board settled on previous superintendent Jack Copps and Middleton, a few months later, accepted an offer to take over the adult education program.

“Honestly, I wish I had found you all 10 years ago,” Middleton wrote to his staff. “The programs and services provided make such a profound impact for the adult learners in this community. What a privilege for me to work for you this past year.”

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