BOZEMAN – Bob Connors began his role as Bozeman’s new superintendent of schools on Monday.
In his 34 years working in education, the Montana native has worked all across the state not only as an educator and an administrator but also as a coach.
He said he’s excited for the opportunity to be in Bozeman.
“You know, see what the heck happened? Why is it such a good school district? Dig into that and possibly enhance the things that are working really well and look at some of the things that might need to be tweaked to make them a better fit,” Connors said.
It sounds overwhelming to come from the 850-student district in Glasgow to the 7,000-student district in Bozeman, but Connors is confidently ready to lead the district.
“If you look at Bozeman it’s just a bunch of small-town kids that stayed here, and so it’s not that intimidating as far as someone who has grown up in Montana because I’ve seen Bozeman grow from when I was in school to what it is now and it’s pretty cool to see,” Connors said.
Between that growth, the new high school and everything thing else happening within the school district, Connors knows this isn’t going to be an easy job.
“I always liked to be challenged and maybe that’s that old coach in me, but it’s always good to have something to look forward to every day. That means you’re alive and things are going well. As long as we continue that growth, as long as we continue to look forward in a proactive approach, I think things are going to go well here in Bozeman for us,” Connors said.
And at the end of the day, Connors said the students are what’s important.
“We’ve got to make sure we do what’s best for the kids, and that might not be what’s best for the adults,” he said.
Emma Hamilton – MTN News