Superintendent a finalist for Polson district position

2012-06-07T00:00:00Z Superintendent a finalist for Polson district positionBy Piper Haugan of The Montana Standard Montana Standard

Linda Reksten, superintendent of Butte public schools, is one of three finalists for the superintendent position in the Polson School District.

Reksten said she applied for the job in May to be closer to her family, who lives there. Though she never attended school in Polson, she lived there in the summers and worked through college at various businesses in the area.

She said her roots run deep in Polson — her great-great-grandparents set up the treaty with the local tribe that established electricity in Polson.

Reksten said she applied for the same job three years ago, before the Butte superintendent’s post became open, when she began looking to leave her job in California.

“There’s every reason in the world why I would want to avail myself of the opportunity,” Reksten said.

Reksten was interviewed in Polson on Monday. She also met with the tribal council, the Indian education committee, teachers and administrators and various other stakeholders.

The other finalists are Steven York of Helena and Kelly Coppinger of North Dakota.

The Polson School District serves 1,684 students, with a staff of about 290, according to the district’s invitation to apply for the position.

The district’s interim superintendent Bill Appleton couldn’t be reached for further details.

Polson trustees hope the new superintendent to begin on July 1, 2012, but Reksten said planning her possible exit would “put the cart before the horse.”

“I have to go on as if I’m not getting the job,” she said. “And if I do get the offer, then I’ll have to evaluate, too.”

Reporter Piper Haugan: 496-5572, piper.haugan@mtstandard.com or Twitter.com/Piper_Haugan.

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