BOZEMAN — Bozeman School Board trustees voted unanimously Wednesday night to approve Deputy Superintendent Casey Bertram as interim superintendent for the Bozeman School District's 2021-2022 school year.
Bertram's term will be effective July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022. He had previously been sharing the interim superintendent duties with fellow Deputy Superintendent Marilyn King. The two will continue sharing the role until Bertram's term begins.
"I’m humbled and honored and I accept the role, and I appreciate and I’m really grateful for my executive cabinet colleagues and support of the board of trustees," Bertram said in the Board's virtual meeting Wednesday night.
Last week, trustees voted to postpone their search for a new superintendent and appoint an internal interim superintendent.
The need for the interim position arose when former Superintendent Bob Connors was placed on administrative leave in November 2020. There have been no details released to explain why Connors was placed on leave.
Prior to the meeting Wednesday evening, board leadership discussed the different options and recommended Bertram for the job.
"I’m both fully excited and confident, and also frankly relieved, Casey, to have you in the spot and to have the stability for the next year while we get our feet back under us," said Bozeman School Board Trustee Douglas Fisher.
Prior to Bertram’s role as deputy superintendent of curriculum and technology, he worked as principal of Hawthorne Elementary School.
Bertram says he’s prepared to take on the role and the challenges ahead.
"We’re working on building trust that may have eroded over time with our community and with our staff. We have some recent wounds to heal, and some hurts to heal," he said. "We have lots of students that have due to COVID and remote learning and other pieces of the puzzle in place—we have some unfinished learning and some unfinished teaching to do."
Administrators will conduct a search for a permanent superintendent during the 2021-2022 school year.