The third time’s a charm—Matt Jennings (left) was sworn in by Gallatin County School Superintendent Matthew Henry for Jennings’ third three-year term as a Big Sky School District Board of Directors trustee.

Jennings re-ups for third term

Getting sworn in as a trustee on the Big Sky School District board of directors has become somewhat commonplace for BSSD parent Matt Jennings. The May 9 ceremony was his third. So, why sign on for another three years?  

     “My motivation is to see everyone come away from our school system with a fantastic education,” said Jennings. His two sons, Matthew and Jack, are in sixth and second grade respectively.

     Jennings and former board member Margo Magnant were the only two candidates to vie for two open seats in the May 8 election. Magnant recently relocated to Missoula, but has not officially informed the board of her plans. Anyone elected has 15 days from election day to be sworn in or to resign. After that, the board will reach out to the community asking anyone interested in being appointed to Magnant’s seat to submit a letter of interest. A new board member will be voted in by the trustees within 60 days from the time of vacancy.

     At a short trustee meeting on May 9, the board also discussed the recent superintendent evaluation—a  process that can be an open or closed executive session. Shipman, who was evaluated by the trustees based on aspects of the district’s strategic plan, allowed the results to be open to the public, as he’s done in years past. Results were positive, with the biggest criticism coming from responders who felt he could do a better job reaching out to alumni. The feedback will be used to create an action plan for the superintendent in the near future.

     Certified staff renewals were discussed, and two were highlighted. Art educator and current assistant track coach Megan Buecking received tenure, as well as Lone Peak High School Principal Alex Ide. 

     The board will meet again on Friday, June 1 at 3 p.m.


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