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Three interview for Polson superintendent position

POLSON — Three candidates for superintendent of School District No. 23 will visit Polson on June 4, 5 and 6: Kelly Koppinger, Linda Reksten and Steve York.

Koppinger currently serves as the superintendent of Dickinson Catholic Schools in Dickinson, N.D. He graduated from Dickinson State University in 1988 with a B.S. in chemistry and from the University of North Dakota with a master’s in educational leadership. Koppinger taught at Dickinson State University and also worked an administrator at Belfield Public Schools and the Stanley Community Schools in North Dakota.

A graduate of Polson High School, Reksten is the superintendent of Butte School District. She graduated from MSU-Billings in 1973 with a B.S. in secondary education-biology, received her master’s in education from George Fox University, Newberg, Ore., her masters in curriculum/administration from Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego, Calif., and her doctorate in teaching studies from UCLA in 1995.

Reksten was an administrator at Mountain View School District and Burbank Unified School District in California as well as a professor at PLNU.

York’s current position is assistant superintendent at the Office of Public Instruction in Helena and before that was employed by the Polson School district as an elementary principal for 15 years. He graduated from the University of Montana with a B.S. in elementary education in 1977 and a master in educational leadership in 1988.

York taught elementary school in Mammoth Hot Springs, Wyo., and was a principal in Red Lodge before coming to Polson.

Koppinger, Reksten and York will each be in Polson for a day. During that day, each candidate will meet briefly with district administrators, the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Council, Polson High School students, the Indian Education committee and Native American parents, classified staff and parents and community members.

They will also tour the community.

Following dinner, the trustees will conduct a formal interview.

For a schedule of meet-and-greets, go to the district’s website, click on district on the top gold bar and select superintendent search.

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