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Feb 7, 2012 8:12 PM by Amanda Venegas

Lockwood and Billings search for superintendents, one frontrunner withdraws his name

BILLINGS - It turns out both the Billings School District and now the Lockwood School District are looking for new superintendents. Lockwood Schools formally posted their job online Monday.

Q2 spoke with current Lockwood Superintendent Eileen Johnson. She says after a 51 year career in education and 14 years as superintendent in Lockwood, she is retiring.

The opening for the Lockwood Schools superintendent has been posted. Applications are due by March 16.

Meanwhile, the Billings School District plans to post its job opening soon. School District Two is now headed by former Superintendent Jack Copps, while the district conducts a nationwide search. Copps says he is not interested in the position.

One of the front runners in the Billings Superintendent position has been current Assistant Superintendent Dr. Josh Middleton. In fact, he's applied twice for the job in the past. Tuesday, he sat down with Q2's Amanda Venegas to talk about his future plans.

" After a lot of thought, starting two years ago when I applied and interim recently this year, I;ve decided not to submit my name or my application for the position. I think right now, it's a very divided board and it might just be in their best interest to find someone to come in and embrace their priorities,"said Dr. Josh Middleton about his decision not to run for Billings superintendent.

On a personal level, Middleton says he says he has missed "being involved in education on a day to day basis with students and teachers."

With the recent changes at Lincoln Center, Middleton will go on to work with Adult Education and says "he can't wait to begin."

Middleton shared that announcement exclusively with Q2 Tuesday.

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