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Feb 4, 2010 8:26 PM by David Jay

23 apply for Billings superintendent opening

UPDATE: As of 6:10 p.m. MST, MTSBA receives one more application, raising total to 23.

The deadline came at 4:00 Thursday afternoon to apply for the position of superintendent of Billings Public Schools to replace the retiring Jack Copps.

The Montana School Boards Association (MTSBA) in Helena has helped with the search and says it received 23 applications.

Bob Vogel with the Montana School Boards Association says everything came together in the last few days.

He anticipated 12 to 15 applications but ended up with 23.

Of those 23, six are from Montana and 17 are from out of state
At least three of out of state applicants were born in Montana.

Out of the applicant pool, 19 are men and four are women.

Vogel says the large number shows the desirability of the job and it is more than he has seen the last few years.

"Well I'm real excited," Vogel said. "I've worked with a lot of larger districts in Montana, and this is the largest number we've seen in quite a while. It presents some challenges because the board can only select one person but it's great to have this deep a pool of candidates to choose from."

The school board will start screening the applications on Tuesday.
Vogel says originally the plan was to get the list down to about four to six, but that could change.
The board will interview the applicants on March 1st and 2nd and could make an offer by the middle of March.

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