March 2, 2015
Issue No: 


Superintendent’s Message

I have had a couple of community members ask me why we haven’t been paying attention to facilities over the last couple of decades.  I took their comments as being both critical of past administrations and skeptical of today’s need.  Being a person that really doesn’t spend much time looking back, I try to explain that previous administrations did deal with facilities.  That’s why they are operational and well-maintained today without any public debt to make it so.  I remind them that previous administrations dealt with the realities of the time.  Studies have been done and action has been taken to include closing/opening schools and upgrading as finances allowed.  GFPS has never settled for a “do nothing” attitude.  That is as true today as it has always been.
As to the skepticism of today’s need, I remind them that sometimes an issue comes to light when there are fresh eyes studying it.  As a first-year superintendent, last year I looked at a plethora of challenges GFPS must face in the future.  My fresh pair of eyes cycled facilities to the top of the strategic plan with a process for addressing it.  Our Trustees are supporting the process and we are moving forward.
The facts cannot be denied.  Our aging buildings, increasing enrollments and programmatic expectations make it a necessity to act.  I really can’t see any reason to delay these conversations.  If not now, when?
I was heartened by the staff attendance at the meeting last Wednesday.  I sensed that these folks really want to be part of the process to ensure our public school buildings are viable educational facilities for generations to come.  I invite all staff members to the discussion meetings to be held in March.  The first one is tonight.  You can find the agenda here:  I am excited to do this important work with you by my side.  If not us, who? See you soon!
Take care.  Be safe. Stay well.


Staff Facility Invitation


FACT:  The average age of all GFPS school buildings is 57 years old.
FACT:  All school buildings are in need of infrastructure repair.
FACT:  80 GFPS elementary classrooms exceed Montana class size standards.
FACT:  GFPS enrollment is projected to increase over the next 10 years.
FACT:  The need for technology enhancements further strains infrastructure.
You’re invited!
District administration and the Board of Trustees invite you to attend informational meetings in order to understand and discuss FACILITY RELATED ISSUES.  While meetings are held at selected sites, concerns will be discussed regarding ALL schools.
Please mark your calendars!


WHAT:       Community/Staff Informational Meetings for Ideas to Address Facility Concerns
                  Wednesday, March 25, 5:30-7:30 pm , GFHS Auditorium
Tours at 4:30, 4:45 & 5:00
Tours start from the Main Campus Office: 1900 2nd           Ave. S.
AGENDA:  Same agenda for all meetings.  



Teacher time sheets are due in the Business Office the morning of Thursday, March 12th.  Please e-mail your absences to BoPayrollLead [at] gfps [dot] k12 [dot] mt [dot] us each day through March 20th.  If you know in advance a teacher is going to be gone, please mark it on the time sheet rather than waiting to email.  Teachers who use time cards should also turn them in at this time. 
All other time cards are due in the Business Office the morning of Tuesday, March 24th.
Substitute teacher time sheets are due by the 2nd of each month.
All time cards are due on the above dates.  Do not put them in the school mail any later, as it will be impossible to pay them on this pay period.   All time cards must be signed by the employee before pay checks will be released.
All federal time cards are due to federal programs office two days before the dates listed above.
Secretaries, please review your time card check-off list and be sure all employees have turned in their time cards
Any employee terminating their employment with the district must send their timecard to the business office immediately upon termination (DO NOT wait for the end of the pay period).  If the employee will be terminating shortly after the end of the pay period those days can be added to the current time card.

Call for PIR Facilitators for the 2015-2016 School Year

Call for PIR Facilitators for the 2015-2016 School Year
Dear Teachers and Administrators:
If you are interested in offering a PIR class for next year, please fill out and submit a proposal form.
· The date range is June 15, 2015 - April 30, 2016.
· All forms are due in to the Curriculum Office by Friday, March 27, 2015.
· Please be sure to avoid any holidays as well as MEA days and Wednesdays when scheduling your dates.
· PIR Sessions can be done as a single 6-hour, two 3-hour, or three 2-hour blocks.
Open and fill out the PIR Proposal Form and email to Theda Shaulis at theda_shaulis [at] gfps [dot] k12 [dot] mt [dot] us or send hardcopy via interschool mail to the Curriculum Office. For more information about PIR Facilitator Obligations and Pay, please visit the following link:


Workers Compensation Monthly Safety Newsletter

 Topic Items:  Prescriptions, Pesticide Precautions, Employing Eyewashes, and Fighting Fatigue

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On-line Application System & In-District Teacher Transfer Information

On-line Application System &
In-District Teacher Transfer Information
The on-line application system (via Applitrack) is up and running. All job postings are posted on the on-line application system.

Current In-District Teacher openings will be posted on Friday, March 6, 2015 and
will close on Friday, March 13, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.
Check the on-line application system (
for a list of all current openings by clicking on “View internal postings” under the Internal Applicants section on the lower right hand side.
If you are interested in applying for an opening please hand-deliver your
In-District Transfer Form to the Human Resources Office
to meet the deadline.

Below is a list of a few other job postings currently listed on the Applitrack system:
• High School Principal – CM Russell High School; Great Falls, Montana
• Student And Employee Assistance Programs (CARE Program Coordinator)
• Cross Country Coach
• Custodian
• Campus Supervisor
• Teacher Aide / Overload Teacher Aide
• Purchasing
• Central Reception
• Special Education Para Educators and Substitute Special Education Para Educators
• Substitute Teacher
• 7-8 Striving Readers Summer Literacy Intervention Coach (Internal Only)

Any questions please contact Human Resources.


You’re Invited to WarFair!

 On Thursday, April 9, GFHS again is presenting our interdisciplinary performance fair, War Fair!  As you know, War Fair! concerns topics extending far beyond war; students may present on the “war” against drugs, disease, advertising “wars,” etc.   Two sessions are offered, the first from 8-11:30 and the second from 12:30-2:30.  You are welcome to attend either or both.

We hope you and your students will make the trip to GFHS to see what it’s all about and to enjoy the presentations.  Students work hard on them and become very polished and proud.  The projects are very enjoyable.  Hope to see you here!


Join the Fun! It’s FREE!
Come and interact with over 200 science, technology, engineering, art, and math student projects.
40 community groups will also share information and provide hands-on activities!

Hope to see you at the STEAM EXPO 2015 to see the amazing inquiry work presented by our GFPS PreK-12 students.
April 11, 2015 10:00 AM-2:00 PM
Great Falls High Fieldhouse