Belgrade High School math teacher Paul Lamb will step into an administrative role at the school in the upcoming school year, having been tapped as vice-principal, school officials said.
After Principal Kevin McNelis took administrative leave for medical reasons last year, Vice Principal Russ McDaniel filled that role. Lamb will round out the administrative team left open by McDaniel’s one-year promotion.
“He does a good job teaching here and is a team player,” McDaniel said of Lamb. “He’s proved himself as a person who wants to be an administrator in the district.”
Superintendent Candy Lubansky said 11 people applied for the position and her goal was to hire from within for the temporary, one-year position.
“I would like our district to provide pathways within the district for people who want to seek options,” she said.
Lamb has taught at the high school for 19 of his 21 years as an educator. He has been involved in several roles at the school, from coaching to addressing student needs through the Montana Behavioral Institute. That was one of the reasons he was chosen for the job, Belgrade School Board chairman Lance Voegele said.
“We work really hard to support, as a board, and to encourage people to do this because that is what education is about,” he said. “I’m really excited about this pick.”
Lamb said he is looking forward to stepping up and said his tenure at the high school will help ease the transition.
“From being a fellow teacher, I feel I can talk with the teachers there and share ideas with them,” he said. “I think there is more of an open door because they know me as a fellow teacher. The ideas that I have bounced off the teachers, they seem to be open to them.”
The 45-year-old Lamb said he has some changes in mind and while change can make some people cringe, communication is key.
“If you are going to try to change some things, you have to get everybody on board and get everyone excited,” he said. “You have to get everyone willing to take on that change because it’s work to change. If everybody doesn’t buy into the change, it’s not going to happen. It will happen in bits and pieces, but for the whole system to change, everybody has to put in the effort to make it happen.”
Both McDaniel and Voegele said while Lamb rose to the top, the field of candidates was filled with qualified applicants.
“Anyone of those candidates would have done an outstanding job,” Voegele said. “You want to hire the best and we truly do get them in this district.”
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