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Nov 8, 2011 7:57 PM by Amanda Venegas

SD2 trustees to interview interim superintendent candidates soon

BILLINGS - The Billings School Board is taking a step back to look at its interim superintendent selection process. The decision comes after less than half of the trustees showed up for a special board meeting Tuesday.

The board is trying to move forward but that's proving more difficult than expected. Tuesday, Trustees Teresa Stroebe, Kathy Aragon, Greta Besch Moen and Connie Wardell tried to come up with criteria and questions to ask the four interim superintendent applicants during their interviews set for Wednesday. The board then considered postponing those interviews after finding out only one of four candidates had actually completely filled out the application. District officials declined to say who that was.

In the audience former School District two trustee Karen Moses, frustrated by the runaround, stood up and scolded the board telling members they did not need to delay any longer and needed to quote "put your personal garbage to the side" and actually hire an interim.

Trustees decided they will meet Wednesday, review questions and possibly interview candidates.

Four people have applied for the interim superintendent job.They are: former superintendent Jack Copps; former SD2 Human Resources Officer Dan Martin; current SD2 Assistant Superintendent Dr. Josh Middleton; and Mary Wells, a director and former principal from Lansing, Illinois.

Trustees will meet Wednesday at 6 pm in the Lincoln Center Board Room.They want to interview all the candidates in one night, so if it doesn't happen Wednesday it will be on Thursday.

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