Scott Laird

Calling it an end to an era, Cut Bank Schools Superintendent Wade Johnson recommended the local school board accept the resignation of Scott Laird, who has served as business manager and district clerk for the last 30 years. The school board accepted Laird’s resignation at their regular meeting on Nov. 12. Laird’s resignation is effective at the close of business on June 30.

“Mr. Laird is excellent in his Business Manager role and has been a quality coach in basketball and golf and stepped in and assumed the duties of high school athletic director earlier this school year. Scott has been a tremendous resource of information for the trustees and myself,” praised Johnson.

The board and Johnson thanked Laird for his hard work and dedication and wished him the best in his retirement.

Johnson said the district will begin its search to replace Laird in January.

Laird reviewed the district’s Fiscal Year 2019 audit with the school board. Laird  reported the district’s audit was “spotless” with the exception of a finding caused by “irreconcilable items due from Glacier County.” 

Laird noted Glacier County officials still have not fixed the problem that surfaced at the close of FY 2018, showing the district’s protested tax fund with a negative cash balance. 

According to an Oct. 25 letter from the Montana Department of Administration’s legal counsel, Glacier County has been unable to provide DOA with reconciled bank statements, dating back to July 2018.

The board also approved the hiring of Amy Overstreet as the new Executive Director of the Cut Bank Education Foundation and Alumni Association at last week’s meeting. (See related article.) Johnson recommended the hiring of Overstreet for the part-time position on behalf of the CBEFAA board of directors.

Overstreet will replace Nicole Altenburg, who resigned earlier to pursue other employment opportunities, working with her sister who is a traveling physical therapist.

In other action from last week’s meeting, the board:

•Reviewed and approved the 2020 Facilities Priorities as presented. Projects slated to be undertaken during the summer of 2020 include: high school roof, installing a septic system at the sports complex, tennis court repair and track resurfacing, sidewalk repairs, Town Field improvements, CBHS gym interior doors and gutter drainage at H.C. Davis. 

Other possible projects include safety-related signage at Anna Jeffries and a new mag lock system. Also on the possible list is the replacement of the upper bleachers on the east and west side of the CBHS gym.

Laird assured the board funding is available to do the projects listed as priorities. He also noted the district is still waiting for $223,000 in oil and gas payments from the State, which are being held up by the county’s delinquent reporting to DOA.

•Hired Dusty Berkram for the transportation mechanic/maintenance position, Barb Genger as the first assistant CBHS girls basketball coach and Amanda Lids-trom as the second assistant CBHS girls basketball coach.

•Set Dec. 10 at 6:45 p.m. as the time for the annual evaluation of Supt. Johnson by the board. 

•Approved the addition of Dusti Stockton to the guest teacher list and also approved the customary and disposal of outdated records.

•Heard reports from the district’s principals and School Resource Officer Austin DeRoche. (See related article on vaping in this week’s issue.)

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