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Getting a new superintendent costs us plenty

2011-10-21T00:00:00Z 2011-10-21T07:40:09Z Getting a new superintendent costs us plenty The Billings Gazette
October 21, 2011 12:00 am

The process of finding a new Billings School District 2 superintendent is hugely expensive. We are willing to pay a great deal for the education of our children. Moreover our school board members are not paid for the work they do. Nevertheless, they, Billings residents, and I pay taxes for the arduous work of getting new superintendents for SD2.

Billings has multi-state applicants for this job; extensive communication is needed to investigate each time a new quality superintendent is sought.

For example: Each application is studied conscientiously by school board members. Sometimes traveling is planned to do fact-finding at locations where superintendent applicants have worked. Top applicants may be brought to Billings for personal interviews. In addition, the process of legalities at the time a superintendent leaves can be a large cost. All this work takes an incredible amount of time, effort and money.

I counted five Billings SD2 superintendents who have worked for our school system since January 2000. The five in 11 years included one woman, Jo Swain. In the history of Billings schools, has any woman besides Swain been superintendent of School District 2?

Diane B. Foley


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