Missoula, MT (KGVO-AM News) - After a lengthy executive session on Tuesday night, the Missoula County School Board of Trustees unanimously chose Micah Hill as the new Missoula County Public Schools Superintendent.

KGVO News spoke to MCPS Public Information Officer Tyler Christensen immediately following the vote.

“The decision was to offer the position to Micah Hill,” began Christensen. “That will be dependent on contract negotiations. During the board's discussion, they had mentioned that he seemed like a very positive individual who brings a lot of energy and direct relevant experience to our school district, and just in looking at all the feedback and the comments that they received following last week’s meet and greet with the candidate, they saw a lot of just uniformly positive comments in favor of Mr. Hill.”

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Christensen detailed the next steps in confirming the new MCPS Superintendent.

“So what happens next will be that our district counsel will enter into the contract negotiation phase,” she said. “Once they've figured that out and come to what they believe is preventable to the board. It will take that up at a future board meeting and the board will vote to approve that contract or not.”

Hill will replace Dr. Rob Watson who resigned last summer to take another education leadership position in Helena, and will replace the current interim superintendent Russ Lodge.

As KGVO previously reported, we asked about the annual salary and benefits for the new superintendent, but that information was not available at the time of the interview, however, this information was published on the website Salary.com.

‘The average School Superintendent salary in Missoula is $141,626 as of October 27, 2022, but the range typically falls between $115,686 and $170,887. Salary ranges can vary widely depending on many important factors, including education, certifications, additional skills, and the number of years the individual has spent in their profession.’

KGVO News reached out to Hill following the Board of Trustees meeting on Tuesday night, but he did not wish to comment at that time.

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