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School district preparing for change

2011-06-28T00:00:00Z 2011-06-28T00:14:05Z School district preparing for changeBy ALANA Listoe Independent Record Helena Independent Record
June 28, 2011 12:00 am  • 

As school administrators settle into their summer flow, changes are looming.

Keith Meyer officially takes the reins as superintendent of Helena schools one week from today. And administrators are still ironing out how to delegate duties without hiring any additional staff while having the lightest impact on services.

Meyer was hired to be the interim superintendent for one year giving the district time to perform an indepth, nationwide search to replace Bruce Messinger, who recently accepted a position in Boulder, Colo.

Meyer told trustees earlier this month that he can’t take on all the responsibilities of the superintendent and still fulfill responsibilities of assistant superintendent, a job he’s done for the past 14 years.

He’s talking with the administrators in the district’s 17 schools to indentify who will help fill in the gaps, which includes the job of the late David Strong who oversaw the Access to Success program. Strong died earlier this year.

Meyer said he’s taking his time to consider all options and has no plans to hire anyone new.

“I’m trying to keep the effects minimum across the district,” he said Monday afternoon.

Meyer said he’s approaching the responsibilities as an entire system and the pieces are still coming into place.

“I have a little time,” he said adding that by mid-July he’ll have job descriptions all lined out. “The pieces are still coming together.”

The assignments are temporary, and whoever fills in the duties for assistant superintendent would be open to applying for the permanent positions.

“I may not even call it assistant superintendent,” he said.

Meyer is on the agenda to give trustees an update on the leadership transition at tonight’s meeting.

Reporter Alana Listoe: 447-4081 or


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