Fitzgerald offered Interim Super's job

Courtesy photo Mountain View Elementary Principal Doug Mann congratulates Roosevelt Middle School Principal John Fitzgerald on his interim appointment as Superintendent for the 2014-2015 Red Lodge school year.

After going through a near three month long search process, the Red Lodge School District has offered the position of Interim Superintendent for the 2014-2015 school year to current Roosevelt Middle School Principal John Fitzgerald. Following a comprehensive statewide Superintendent search the District had opted to pursue a one-year interim position open to candidates currently employed with the Red Lodge School District. Fitzgerald was one of two district employees to apply and interview for the interim position. The board also interviewed Mountain View Elementary Principal Doug Mann.

According to Elise Fouts, Board Chairman, following Monday’s interviews, “the board was affirmed in their decision to look internally to fill the vacancy. Both finalists demonstrated that they not only have the skills and talent to serve as our interim Superintendent both had a great understanding of the unique challenges and opportunities facing our District.”

Board Co-Chairman, Steve Haman, noted “The board felt very comfortable with the appointment of an internal candidate to serve in the interim capacity due to the strength and experience of existing leadership with in the District. The promotion of Mr. Fitzgerald to interim Superintendent will contribute to an effective transition upon Superintendent Brajcichs’ retirement in June.”

“It’s not final yet… as the boards negotiating committee is ironing out the final contract details with Mr. Fitzgerald and hopes to have it finalized by the end of the week” says Fouts.

With the selection of Mr. Fitzgerald to interim Superintendent the District will now begin a search for an interim Principal for the Roosevelt Middle School. Additionally, Mr. Fitzgerald’s duties as the Activities Director and coaching responsibilities will be re-assigned in the near future.

The board of trustees would like to thank both Fitzgerald and Mann for their time and effort they put into interviewing for our interim Superintendent’s position.

The Board would also like to thank the students, parents, staff, teachers and community members who participated in the candidate selection process. Your input and participation, whether you attended the “meet and greets” for the candidates or the interviews or completing our web based survey, was greatly valued and appreciated.