Thom Peck offered superintendent position

Doreen Heintz

Tom Peck

The two-month search for a new superintendent of schools for the Lewistown School District has ended with the Board of Trustees offering a two-year contract to Thom Peck. Although much of the search and legwork was done by the Montana School Board Association, ultimately the decision to offer the position was made by the Lewistown School Board.
On Monday, March 20, three candidates, including Peck, spent a full day in Lewistown with tours and then interviews Monday evening with the Board. The other two candidates were Dan Schmidt, current superintendent of schools at Scobey, and Thad Kaiser, current superintendent at Noxon. Peck is currently the superintendent at Box Elder.
According to a press release from Joe Brott of the MSBA, the three candidates had an opportunity to visit each school, meet with the administrators, classified staff, and certified staff, as well as touring the bus barn facility.
In the press release, Brott stated, “Each candidate was very impressed with the organization of the day, the district, students and staff.”
Interviews began at 5 p.m. and concluded at approximately 8 p.m. Each candidate was interviewed by the Board for approximately one hour. The candidates were asked the same questions. These questions were prepared before the interviews.
Following the interviews, the Board also listened to comments from the administrators, classified and certified groups, as well as other individuals who attended the interviews.
The Board went into executive session with Brott to review the results of the background reference checks conducted on each candidate. After more deliberation, the Board voted to offer Peck the position. Peck officially accepted the position on Wednesday.
“The best part of a community is the people,” said Peck. ‘Lewistown has the feel of genuine Montana pride in the community and its school district. I know that Lewistown has a great school system, now I want to be a part of it so I can learn and grow to make it even better.”
Peck also commented he has a number of ties to Lewistown.
“All three (candidates) had different qualities and experiences they could bring to the district,” said Brott in the MSBA press release. “The Board felt they had three good candidates, and anyone of the three would have been good for Lewistown.”
At the regular Board meeting on Wednesday, March 22, it was announced Peck had been offered a two-year contract with a salary of $103,000 for the first year.
Peck will officially begin his new duties as Lewistown Superintendent of Schools on July 1, 2017. He will replace current Superintendent Jason Butcher, who announced his retirement to the Board at their regular January meeting.




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