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Board to consider new Copps contract
Copps came to the School District 2 in 2006 and received high marks on a recent job evaluation.

Billings School District 2 trustees will vote Monday on renewing Superintendent Jack Copps' contract.

Copps came to the district in 2006 and received high marks on a recent job evaluation. He scored a 9.5 out of 10 on an evaluation questionnaire filled out by the district's Central Officer Leadership Team and the trustees.

His highest rating was a 9.9 for "develops and implements procedures to deal with health and safety emergencies." Copps' lowest rating was an 8.3 from the board (9.1 when the Central Office results are added) for "knows how and when to ask for help."

The new contract is the same as the one trustees and Copps agreed to last year, including the $127,308 salary. The term of the contract is July 1, 2009, through June 30, 2010. Under Montana law, trustees must act upon a superintendent's contract before Feb. 1. If a school boards doesn't take action, the contract is automatically renewed.

When trustees approved Copps' contract last year, it included a 3 percent raise. Copps said the difference of $3,708 - about $300 a month - would be donated to a foundation to support education programs and operations in SD2.

Copps, 72, began his education career in 1960 as a teacher in Poplar. He is currently licensed to teach English, journalism and biology and has administrative licenses as a superintendent and as a K-12 principal.

Trustees will discuss the evaluation early in their meeting, while the contract discussion is scheduled toward the end. The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. in the board room a Lincoln Center.

The board also is expected to discuss work being done by three task forces studying improvements at Broadwater and McKinley elementaries and the possibility of building a West End elementary school at Cottonwood Park.

And, trustees will receive an update from the Budgeting for Results committee. Supporting documents with the agenda include a general fund budget and forecast that anticipates a nearly $2 million deficit in the elementary district next year and a nearly $1.5 million deficit in the high school district.