Stanford School Board hires Moore as superintendent

Thursday, February 27, 2020
Stanford School Board hires Moore as superintendent

Brad Moore received his Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership and has been putting it to work ever since. He brings 14 years of experience serving as superintendent to the Stanford School. Photo by Melody Montgomery

It’s official.

On Feb. 18, the Stanford School Board and Brad Moore together ratified his contract to serve as school superintendent for the completion of this school year and through the next school year.

This one-year contract will be in effect until June 30, 2021, where there is expected to be the opportunity for Moore to renew it at that time.

Education and background

Moore, the son of Jim and Aline Moore of Stanford, has 14 years of experience as a superintendent. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Education from Montana State University – Bozeman, “the only school in Montana,” he said jokingly with pride for his Alma Mater.

Moore has also worked as an Agricultural Education teacher and has served as an advisor for FFA.

As someone with a clear focus on education, when teaching years ago in Big Timber, Moore decided to complete his Master’s Degree, which he received in Educational Leadership, also from MSU.

“I was close enough to Bozeman to get my Master’s degree and fortunate be able to put it to work for the past 14 years,” said Moore.

His first position as superintendent was in Richey, where he worked for eight years. He has also served as superintendent for Big Timber and Big Sandy.

Interim position

Moore has been serving as Stanford’s interim superintendent since November after Timothy Dolphay was placed on administrative leave. When the School Board announced on Nov. 19 that Moore would be filling in part-time to help out, the room applauded.

The experience he brings has been well received by the school, reflected in comments by the administrative staff.

School Clerk Kelly Bokma said, “His experience and budget knowledge has been so helpful. He has contacts all over the state and has been a tremendous resource and asset to our school district.”

Heidi Turek was hired as secretary on Jan. 13 and appreciates how Moore has helped her adjust to the new position in stride.

“He’s very easy to work with and has helped me with the transition of coming on board,” said Turek.

Focusing on Stanford

Moore has been juggling his time helping out in Stanford between his family life in Big Sandy and his parttime superintendent position in Big Timber at Sweet Grass County High School.

Considering the long commute as well as that Big Timber sought to change the position to full-time, Moore will not be renewing his contract there, which ends June 30. This will allow him to focus on his position in Stanford as well as be closer to family.

“It’s been a genuine joy working with Brad,” Principal Eric Gustafson told the Big Timber Pioneer. “He’s been an exceptional superintendent, and Stanford will be lucky to have him. He’ll continue to do great things for them.”

Moore’s wife, Sheri, teaches third grade in Big Sandy, and their son Hunter attends school there.

“I wasn’t going to venture too far away,” said Moore.

Stanford is much closer to Big Sandy, and Moore likes the town, as well as being able to spend more time with his dad Jim, who no doubt appreciates the way things lined up.

Key items to date

Since November, some of Moore’s advice to the School Board has included the development of a website, security improvements, and work sessions for Board Policy, among other items.

The school is also looking into the possibility of a fourday school week, which was discussed at the Feb. 18 Board Meeting and will be re-visited at the March 17 Board Meeting, which starts at 7 p.m. at the school’s library. (Watch for an article next week.)

With regard to a future website, Moore stated at a Board Meeting that he is a strong believer in a visible webpage in order to communicate information to parents as well as to attract quality educators. Moore suggested two viable companies in the state that provide websites that meet the rules of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA-compliant) and provide a platform that is simple to operate. The staff is in control of their portion. The website will offer transparency for items like the agendas, minutes, bus routes, contact info and anything else pertinent, Moore said.

Regarding security improvements, Moore proposed that the Board consider the possibility of bus cameras in the future.

“You’ve done all these really nice safety upgrades [like phones in the classroom, intercom upgrades, fire alarm improvements],” said Moore at a past School Board Meeting, “so maybe you shouldn’t stop.”

Regarding the School Board Policy work sessions, these meetings are being held to inform the board as well as update the manual with the help of the Montana School Board Association. Basically, a blanket policy will be created that takes into account existing state and federal laws and will be customized with recommendations specific to Stanford. There will probably be a few more sessions before the new policy is finalized.

“The Stanford School has great people and great kids. I also enjoy the Class C environment, and I look forward to the challenges and opportunities as they arise,” Moore told the Judith Basin Press.

“Stanford will be lucky to have him.”

- Principal Eric Gustafson, Sweet Grass County HS