Daily Sitka Sentinel

Bradshaw Eyes Job in Montana

    Sitka School District Superintendent Steve Bradshaw has applied for the top job in the Helena, Mont., district.
    The Billings, Mont. newspaper, the Gazette, reported on March 3 that Bradshaw is among the 20 applicants for Helena superintendent.
    Bradshaw, who has been a principal and superintendent in Sitka during the past 14 years, told the Sentinel today he’s happy with his current job, but was intrigued by the opportunity to serve a larger district in the state where he went to college and began his career.
    “It’s the best job I’ve seen come open,” he said of the Helena position.
    The Montana district has 8,000 to 9,000 kids, and is close to his wife’s family, he said. He became more interested in the post after talking to the past Helena superintendent, who talked of the opportunities to work on education at the state level, since the district is in the Montana state capital, he said.
    “He got called quite a few times to testify on other issues,” Bradshaw said.
    Bradshaw grew up in Wyoming and attended college in Montana, where he worked for 19 years before coming to Alaska. He estimated his chances at getting an interview for the Helena position at 30 percent, since the competition for the job is stiff .
    Bradshaw said he has been happy to be in Sitka and to continue to serve as superintendent.
     “It’s been a wonderful job, and a good job,” he said. “I couldn’t ask for a better board. It makes the job a whole lot easier.”
    Bradshaw said he expects to hear Tuesday whether he will be granted an interview.
    School Board President Lon Garrison said Bradshaw advised the board in January that he had applied for the Montana job.
    “Steve has done a fantastic job for our school district for a long time,” Garrison said. “He is interested in maybe moving back to Montana, or Wyoming, where he’s from, and we would wish him the best. We would hate to lose him. ... We were wondering when this day would come and dreading it, but understanding that one day it would come.”

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