At the recent MCPS Board of Trustees meeting on Tuesday, the effort to find a new superintendent moved forward with the scheduling of focus groups where the public can receive more information.

MCPS Communications Director Hatton Littman described the process.

“The first thing that the board had to do earlier this winter was to identify a search consultant that would help with the process,” said Littman. “At Tuesday’s meeting they finalized the schedule and the time line, and what we’re starting to launch now are community focus groups that will allow people to provide input about the qualities that they desire in their new leader in Missoula County Public Schools.”

Littman said there will be two focus groups meeting simultaneously.

“On Monday, February 25th we’re going to do two at the same time from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.,” she said. “One will be at Big Sky High School in the community library, and one will be in our MCPS business building which is right in the center of town. There will also be a variety of meetings at other schools during those three days while the focus groups occur.”

Mark Thane, the current superintendent, will be retiring at the end of this school year.

Littman encouraged anyone interested in the superintendent search to visit the MCPS website for more details.