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Jan 28, 2014 4:09 PM by KPAX News Staff

Finalists tapped for Libby schools chief slot

LIBBY - Five finalists have been chosen to become the next head of schools in Libby.

The Libby School Board chose five finalists to interview for the position of superintendent late last week.

"We were impressed with the quality of the applicants and are very excited about the chance to look at the five finalists more closely during the interviews," said Lobby School Board Chair Ellen Johnston.

"We feel good about the discussions we had as a Board about what we want to see in our new superintendent - the comments we received from the staff and the public to the online survey really helped," she added in a news release.

The five finalists selected are Craig Barringer, Conrad Superintendent; Scott Beagle, Libby Principal; Larry Markuson, Augusta Superintendent; Judith McKay, Frenchtown Principal; and Thom Peck, Charlo Superintendent.

Barringer has also applied for the school superintendent slot in Corvallis.

The public, students, and staff are invited to meet all of the finalists at a public reception at the Libby High School Library/Cafeteria to be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 5.

Interviews will take place on Feb. 6 and Feb. 7, and are open to the public.


Here's a brief look at the finalists as provided by the Libby School Board.

Craig Barringer - currently serves as Superintendent of the Conrad Public Schools in Conrad, Montana. He formerly served as Elementary & Middle School Principal in Conrad. He was a Teacher in Cut Bank (grades 6-9) and in Fort Benton (grade 3). He has coached swimming, wrestling, and football. He earned his Bachelor degree in Elementary Education from Western Montana College. He holds a Masters' Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Montana - Missoula, where he also earned his Superintendent's Endorsement.

Scott Beagle - currently serves as the Assistant Principal at Libby Elementary School (K-6). He also served as the Principal of Asa Wood Elementary School (K-3) in Libby. He previously was a Middle School Teacher in Libby. He attended Montana State University - Bozeman. He earned his Bachelor degree in Mathematics/History Secondary Education from the University of Montana - Western. His Masters in Educational Leadership was earned at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA.

Larry Markuson - currently serves at the Superintendent/Principal in Augusta, Montana. He previously was the Superintendent and 7-12 Principal in Hot Springs. He has served as a 7-12 Math Teacher, Coach, and Athletic Director for the Whitewater (Montana) Public Schools. He was a K-12 P.E./Health and High School Math Teacher in Jordan, Montana. He earned his Bachelor degree in Math and Physical Education and his Masters in Education Leadership from Montana State University - Bozeman.

Judith McKay - currently serves as Principal (5-6) and Director of Academics (K-12) for the Frenchtown, Montana, School District. She previously served as a Teacher and Math Coach (K-12) for the Libby School District. She has served as a Teacher in the Butte School District and with the Lockwood School District. She served as a Math Instructor with Montana State University - Billings. She earned her Bachelor degree in Mathematics/Earth Science and her Masters in Education from Montana State University - Billings. She completed technology coursework at Flathead Valley Community College. Her K-12 Administration Licensure and Superintendent Licensure has been with the University of Montana - Missoula.

Thom Peck - currently serves as the Superintendent and Athletic Director for the Charlo School District. He previously served as the 6-12 Principal for the Three Forks School District. He served as High School Principal for the Bigfork School District and as Assistant Principal and Athletic Director for the Hamilton School District. He earned his Bachelor degree in Biology and Chemistry from Carroll College. His Masters degree in Education Administration is from Seattle Pacific University. He earned his Superintendents endorsement from the University of Montana - Missoula.

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