Frenchtown School District Superintendent Randy Cline has been named Superintendent of the Year by the Montana Association of School Superintendents.
The honor was announced at the annual Montana Conference of Education Leadership held last week in Billings.
Cline has been the superintendent of Frenchtown School District No. 40 for the past seven years.
Cline was chosen for the award because of his outstanding school leadership skills and his ability to continually improve areas of Frenchtown schools, including recruiting, hiring and developing a strong teaching staff.
Cline is also noted for his compassion for students and a passion for teaching and learning.
“Randy Cline is an outstanding school district leader,” said Kirk Miller, executive director of the School Administrators of Montana.
“His experience to support enhancing student achievement through the role of the superintendency is a shining example of what is right with education in our Montana communities,” he said. “We are proud of Randy and wish him continued success for the children in Frenchtown schools.“
As Frenchtown’s superintendent, Cline oversaw a $19 million expansion of the high school campus, and in the years since has worked with the community and staff through the challenges of losing the area’s largest employer – Smurfit-Stone Container Corp. – which led to an enrollment decrease of 100 students.
The Montana Association of School Superintendents, in collaboration with the American Association of School Administrators, annually recognizes and rewards outstanding leadership in the superintendency.
The program seeks to honor those strong Montana school district leaders who work successfully with their entire learning communities to provide the highest quality education possible.
Cline is eligible for the National Superintendent of the Year Award and will be honored at the American Association of School Administrators convention in Nashville, Tenn., next year.