The Helena School Board is expected to set salary and other compensation parameters for the next school superintendent at a work session today.

The goal is to have a new superintendent selected before the end of March. The district hired McPherson and Jacobson, a Nebraska firm, to conduct the search. 

Trustees will also give final approval for the draft advertisement, which was expected to begin running soon. The ad is expected to include compensation information.

When former Superintendent Bruce Messinger left this summer after taking a job in Boulder, Colo., his salary was $121,742 a year. His compensation also included the lease of a vehicle and related expenses, a $23,500 annuity, and health, life and disability insurance.

Keith Meyer, who served as the district’s assistant superintendent for 14 years, was hired as the interim superintendent for the year, but has yet to say whether he will apply for the permanent position. 

School officials are also expected to continue discussions about long-term planning tonight.

The first community workshop is Tuesday, Dec. 6, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Helena High cafeteria. The worskshop will be an introduction to the planning process and identify issues and challenges the community and the schools are facing. 

Reporter Alana Listoe: 447-4081 or

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