Office of the Superintendent

Juneau appoints members to new Variance to Standards Review Board

Monday, April 1, 2013, 2:16 pm

Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau has announced the eight members who will serve on the newly-created Variances to Standards Review Board. The Review Board will provide guidance and develop procedures for requests for flexibility from Montana's Accreditation Standards for public schools.


Last September, the Board of Public Education adopted new rules that allow schools to apply for flexibility from accreditation standards by proposing alternative or innovative strategies that will make schools more efficient, make learning more effective and reflect their communities' priorities and needs.


The Review Board will meet at least twice per year to consider applications from schools and provide recommendations for approval, modification or rejection to Superintendent Juneau.


The Board consists of one trustee, one district superintendent, one high school principal, one elementary principal, two high school teachers and two elementary school teachers. As per the recently adopted rule, potential members were nominated by MEA-MFT, Montana Rural Education Association, Montana Small Schools Alliance, School Administrators of Montana and Montana School Boards Association. Superintendent Juneau appointed the eight members from those nominations.

The Variances to Standards Review Board will hold their first meeting in April of this year. The first applications for variances to the accreditation standards are due July 1, 2013.


Members of the Variances to Standards Review Board:

·         Fred Anderson, North Middle School principal, Great Falls

·         Mona Bilden, Miles City Public Schools elementary teacher, Miles City

·         Mary Jo Bremner, Browning High School teacher, Browning

·         John Fleming, St. Ignatius High School teacher, St. Ignatius

·         Paul Furthmyre, Anaconda High School principal, Anaconda

·         Anne Keith, Hyalite Elementary instructional coach, Bozeman

·         Tony Kloker, Montana City Elementary School superintendent, Montana City

·         Lance Voegele, Belgrade Public Schools trustee, Belgrade

For more information, contact Dennis Parman, Deputy Superintendent, 406-444-5643