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New Billings schools superintendent signs contract

New Billings schools superintendent signs contract

Greg Upham

Greg Upham, a candidate for superintendent for School District 2, speaks to the Board of Trustees during a school board meeting at the Lincoln Education Center in April. 

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. 


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