Mary Jo Fox has my sincerest appreciation. As a Billings School District 2 trustee, she helped considerably to decide which applicant would be our next school superintendent.
The school board had worked since last December to select the right one of 23 original applicants. The board spent uncompensated hours and months with debates, interviews, nationwide searching and soul searching. They considered traveling to the home districts of two applicants, including Keith Beeman’s district.
Rob Rogers article of April 6 states that, at the April 5 meeting, School Board member Mary Jo Fox read comments written to her by people from a competing applicant’s hometown. The comments were from the chief prosecutor in an arson and vandalism trial that embroiled the applicant’s home school district; a letter from the school board president; plus she read from an editorial in the applicant’s local newspaper.
At this meeting, Beeman was voted in as the winning candidate.
The expense of traveling was not necessary. Fox helped save money for people in our community. Because of his experience, the School Board also believes that no one is better equipped than Beeman to help our school district handle a projected a $6 million budget shortfall in 2012.
I believe that, with the help of Fox, we kept our preferred tradition of having a good school superintendent and kept our preferred tradition of having some good money in our pockets.
Diane B. Foley