Billings Public School trustees officially inked their new superintendent to a two-year contract Monday.
Greg Upham, who will finish up as Helena’s assistant superintendent at the end of the school year, reached a tentative agreement with the district in May.
Upham will be paid $165,000 in his first year and $168,300 in his second year. Current superintendent Terry Bouck, who is retiring at the end of the school year, made about $171,000, according to his most recent contract extension.
Upham was hired after trustees' first choice, Ross Kasun, a superintendent from New Jersey, pulled out of contract negotiations.
Upham brings in a track record of working on initiatives that are currently points of emphasis for Billings, like raising ACT scores and creating career-focused academic paths for students.
The board also finalized the re-election of several trustees. All ran unopposed and therefore weren’t on May ballots.
- Joe Raffiani, who represents neighborhoods west of downtown Billings to as far west at 17th Street West in zone 4. Raffiani was appointed in 2014 and elected unopposed in 2015.
- Bruce MacIntyre, who represents Billings' West End from roughly 17th Street West to 32nd Street West in zone 5. He was appointed in 2017.
- Mike Leo, who represents northwest Billings in zone 6. He was elected unopposed in 2015.
- Gordon Klasna, who represents Lockwood in the high school district only. He was elected in 2015. Lockwood voted to create a high school district in May, breaking away from SD2, and Klasna's tenure will likely be brief.