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Schools look to hire assistant to Meyer

2011-06-16T00:24:00Z Schools look to hire assistant to MeyerBy ALANA LISTOE Independent Record Helena Independent Record
June 16, 2011 12:24 am  • 

The leadership team for Helena schools is preparing for the departure of 14-year Superintendent Bruce Messinger as assistant superintendent Keith Meyer steps in to lead the district on a one-year interim basis.

At the same time, they are preparing to soon name an interim assistant superintendent.

Meyer told trustees at a board meeting Tuesday night that he’ll have a list of final internal candidates this week and will present a formal plan at the work session on June 28. There are at least five qualified, interested candidates for assistant superintendent, he said.

The person will accept the job temporarily and will earn a salary that’s dependent on their title and their duties, Meyer said, however, he or she would be welcome to apply for the full-time permanent position.

Meyer said he’s been meeting with the administration to compile all its needs as he moves forward with a transition plan.

“By this Friday I’ll have completed informal interviews with members of our team talking about what they need from the assistant superintendent’s office and how it can be delivered,” he told the board.

Meyer said in recent weeks he has more deeply discovered the importance of the role of assistant superintendent and the day-to-day working of the district.

“I requested to the board that I needed some assistance,” Meyer said after the meeting. “I can’t do both positions.”

Meyer said at the work session later this month he’ll recommend a plan that will adequately serve both the employees and the community.

No matter where the interim assistant superintendent comes from – a building administrator or central office staff member — there will be a domino effect.

“That’s the piece I’ll have to consider,” Meyer said. “I’ll have a plan to say how those duties will be covered but I don’t expect someone to come do the position and continue their work in their system.”

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(2) Comments

  1. dietz1963
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    dietz1963 - June 16, 2011 11:31 am
    LMAO, too funny skysthelimit. I can't really think of any management position that doesn't have an assistant (or alternate) simply because its not easy to "substitute" that position in cases of injury, illness etc...In this case, there are how many schools in district 1? 15 I believe. Yea, oversee all those schools with over approx 4000 or more students and at the same time pamper the parents that don't seem to understand the idea of schools/teachers is to teach and not raise their child. By ones self. LMAO, too funny.
  2. skysthelimit
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    skysthelimit - June 16, 2011 10:02 am
    Why can't he do the job without an assistant? He expects teachers to teach over crowded classrooms without assistance, why should he have assistance? Is he incapable? Let's find an someone who IS capable instead of maintaining Helena's status quo of being the most top heavy (admin) school district in the state. Every "big wig" at May Butler has an assistant. Why? There is a head of transportation yet bus jobs are farmed out. Why? Isn't it time to take funding from the top and put it closer to the kids? supplies? technology? paras? enhancement for the students rather than fat pocket for fat cats? Help me out here. I don't get it.

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