Missoula County Public Schools has appointed Chief Charlo Elementary Principal David Rott to be the district's next executive director of human resources and labor relations.
Rott will officially take over for Mark Thane at the start of July, when Thane becomes the interim superintendent of MCPS after Alex Apostle leaves at the end of June.
“Later in the month, I’ll probably try to pick as much as I can of Mark’s brain,” Rott said.
Rott said he has been the principal of Chief Charlo for the past six years. Before that, he taught fifth grade at Cold Springs Elementary for eight years, and started his career at MCPS with two years of teaching eighth grade at Meadow Hill Middle School.
He said the thing he’ll miss the most after moving to his new job is seeing the kids every day.
“We have a fantastic, wonderful group of students, staff and parents at Chief Charlo,” he said.
In addition to his 16-year career in public education at MCPS, Rott was a manager for Wendy’s of Montana before attending the University of Montana School of Law and working as a trial attorney in Missoula for five years.
Thane said Rott’s experience with MCPS, as well as his work in the private sector, made him a very well-rounded candidate for the job.
Rott said he’s looking forward to the new professional challenges as part of the director position, working with the unions and employees of MCPS.
“There’s always a sense of loss, but you also gain a relationship working with staff across the district and having the ability to make a difference,” Thane said.
Thane, as well as Trevor Laboski, MCPS executive director of Region 1, met with the staff of Chief Charlo on Monday. Thane said the principal's job will first be offered to other principals in the district, should anyone be interested in transferring.
If there's no interest, an interim principal will be appointed for next school year, and in November or December the staff will have the opportunity to provide input on what traits are important before a job opening is created early in 2016.