Hobson superintendent takes job in Helena

Doreen Heintz

Tim Tharp

In early December, Hobson Superintendent Dr. Tim Tharp got an unexpected phone call. On the end of the line was newly-elected Superintendent of Public Instruction Elsie Arntzen.
Arntzen offered Tharp a role in her transition team into the Office of Public Instruction. On Dec. 26, Tharp’s appointment became official. He is serving as Arntzen’s Interim Deputy Superintendent. Tharp officially began working on Jan. 2 in Helena.
Tharp had come to Hobson just this past summer after serving as superintendent/principal/athletic director in Sunburst from 2010-2016. Prior to working in Sunburst, he was the principal/superintendent/athletic director in Dutton and then Dutton/Brady.
Tharp was born and raised in Sidney. He earned a bachelor of science degree in math and history education from Montana State University in 1993, a master’s degree in math education from MSU in 1999, and an MBA from the University of Montana in 2008. He completed his education by earning a doctorate in educational leadership in 2014.

Retired superintendent takes reins in Hobson
The loss of Tharp left a hole in the administration at Hobson.
“I got a phone call from Hobson Board Chair Dan Thomas asking if I would be interested in completing Tharp’s position at Hobson,” said Clay Dunlap of Lewistown. “Thomas said they were desperate in trying to fill the position. Even though I love retirement I told them yes.
“With all the great kids, parents and staff we have in our small schools in Montana, I don’t think I could go wrong,” added Dunlap.
Dunlap, who is almost 80 years old, has been in education for 53 years, including 43 years as an administrator. Dunlap’s last position as superintendent was his 11 years in Winnett.
“There are just a lot of things an administrator needs to take care of even in a small school,” Dunlap said. “Things like budgeting, evaluations, lining up buses, and so on.”
Dunlap added he sees himself as coordinating a lot of moving parts in Hobson.
“The sports co-op needs coordination at each of the schools,” he explained. “Also, finding bus drivers has become a real issue.”
Dunlap knows he has slowed down over the past few years, but he is also up to the challenge of helping the Hobson School get through until the end of the year.




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