GREAT FALLS – Great Falls Public Schools’ new superintendent officially started his new role this week.
Superintendent Tom Moore spent the last two days touring the schools in the district.
“It’s the most exciting job I’ve ever had. It’s something I’ve worked at for 38 years in the profession. I’m so honored and blessed to serve as superintendent here,” Moore said.
Moore succeeds superintendent Tammy Lacey. He served as the assistant superintendent before taking on this role.
“This community has been forever really proud of our schools. Being able to take over as the superintendent and to work with, motivate and inspire, support, walk alongside our team to help kids as they begin their education, it’s a great job. I can’t think of anything I’d rather in my life’s work than this,” Moore said.
Moore said his focus for the first 90 days will be to work with internal staff.
“Getting to know those people and what their issues and concerns are and engaging them and understanding that they are a vital part of our organization,” Moore said. “In helping kids and students thrive in our school system is their responsibility as well as mine.”
After that, he said he’ll engage with community members to get support for public education.
“People are going to have to get used to the way I operate opposed to the way our previous superintendent operated. A lot of it is just feeling our way through those changes in personality character and leadership,” Moore said. “But also, making sure we honor the work that’s happened before us with previous superintendents. We’ve had a succession of really successful superintendents and I want to be a part of that success as well.”
Moore’s contract as superintendent is for two years.
Reporting by Elizabeth Transue for MTN News