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Helena administrator accepts role as Billings SD2 superintendent after board’s top pick declines

Posted at 2:02 PM, May 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-03 16:02:41-04

BILLINGS — After the board’s top pick for Billings School District 2 superintendent declined the position Wednesday, a Helena school administrator has accepted the job.

Greg Upham, who was the assistant superintendent in Helena, agreed Thursday to take the position in Billings, according to SD2 Board of Trustees Chairwoman Greta Besch Moen.

Besch Moen said Upham agreed to a base salary of $165,000.

The board will vote on accepting the contract at the May board meeting.

“Our board supports him 100 percent and is looking forward to working with him as an educational partner and welcoming him into our district and community,” said Besch Moen. “He is looking forward to building relationships with our board, staff and community. I appreciate his passion for education, academic achievement and the data-driven skill set he brings to our district.”

Dr. Ross Kasun, the district’s first selection, declined the offer Wednesday.

Kasun said in a letter to the Board of Trustees that "the timing was not right for him to make such a significant professional and personal change, largely because of recent events in his life."