Posted: Sep 27, 2011 12:15 AM by Q2 Staff
Updated: Sep 27, 2011 12:17 AM
BILLINGS - During Monday night's special meeting for School District Two, voices were raised when in a surprise motion, Trustee Pam Ellis moved to discuss sitting down with former School District Two Superintendent, Jack Copps to possibly serve as interim superintendent.
Trustee Connie Wardell to quickly responded saying, "I can't think of anything more devisive. The man did nothing for us. He put us in debt. He committed us to a contract with the teachers knowing that we didn't have the money to pay for it. That's not where we can go. There are other ways to get an interim superintendent, and I could not support that."
Board Chair Barbara Bryan, followed Wardell accusing Trustee Ellis of having discussions about appointing a superintendent outside of the board.
Q2 spoke with Jack Copps Monday night to get his response. Copps says he did not have a discussion with Trustee Ellis. He says, she simply sent him an e-mail Monday morning, telling him his name was going to be brought up in one of her motions Monday night. Copps says he would serve the school district for little or no money as it gets through this difficult time. However, he also says he would not serve the community if the board did not unanimously support him.
"You can measure the quality of the product by the relationships that we have. When relationships are strained like what I observed tonight.The quality of the district is not what it should be," said Jack Copps, former SD2 Superintendent.
Members also voted the district's communication policy back into existance. District Clerk, Leo Hudetz can now funnel all information requests and take any concerning or timely requests to the board. Before the vote, all requests had to be sent directly to Beeman.