As usual, those pesky School Superintendents are making life a hassle for OPI Elsie Arntzen. Elsie believes that her call to ‘meet as a group’ should occur in the most transparent place of all, meaning ‘The Peoples’ House. However, these school superintendents like to hide and meet in a public school any day rather than the Helena Capitol. Well, let’s face it, they really don’t want to meet at all.
Don’t forget, Micah Hill, Superintendent of School District 5 in Flathead County, is such a scaredy-cat he didn’t even have the decency to call Arntzen with his ‘complaints’ before he signed the rude letter trashing Arntzen (and most likely the rest of them probably didn’t call her either her before sending the letter).
When you read the former article written a few weeks ago by Montana Daily Gazette, you will see why these men do not like transparency for they are sneaky and even involved in illegal activity such as the time Hill bribed football players last fall, stating, “If you get the vaccine we won’t quarantine you.”
“A meeting between Montana’s eight AA school superintendents and the Office of Public Instruction scheduled for Friday afternoon was postponed.
There was disagreement on where the meeting should be held and limited availability of their schedules during this COVID surge, the superintendents say.
In early December, the superintendents penned a letter to state Superintendent of Public Instruction Elsie Arntzen to express their disappointment with her leadership. In the letter, they cited nine specific issues, including OPI’s high staff turnover rate, unlicensed educators, updated content standards, and special education.”
While we would like to find a date, time, and location for a future meeting, it makes sense to postpone the meeting until we have a decrease in cases and we can dedicate more time and focus to a meeting with Supt. Arntzen,” Missoula County Public Schools Superintendent Rob Watson wrote in an email to the Missoulian.
Watson was one of the superintendents who signed the letter of concern — the others are Greg Upham (Billings), Godfrey Saunders (Belgrade), Casey Bertram (Bozeman), Tom Moore (Great Falls), Judy Jonart (Butte), Micah Hill (Kalispell) and Rex Weltz (Helena).
Since the OPI received the superintendent’s letter on Dec. 7, Arntzen has made several attempts to meet with the superintendents to discuss their concerns.
Arntzen reportedly texted Upham and Moore, who represent the two largest districts in the state, the same day she received the letter. Upham responded the following day, but Moore did not, according to a timeline of correspondence provided by the OPI.
The following week, Arntzen requested individual meetings with each of the superintendents. A meeting was scheduled with Bertram and his team for mid-January, but Moore did not respond to the request.”
Read the rest of the story written by the Skylar Rispens of the Missoulian here.