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BIG SKY – The Big Sky School District on June 1 announced that Dr. Dustin Shipman will be the next superintendent of the district.

Shipman has been the Director of the American International School in Vilnius, Lithuania, for the past three years. Prior to this position, he served as the Superintendent of the Boulder, Colo. Elementary School District for five years; was an education director and teacher in Helena; and Head of the English as a Second Language Department of a British International School in Kiev, Ukraine.

Shipman earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Montana’s Carroll College, a master’s in international education from Framingham State in Massachusetts, and a master’s and doctorate in educational leadership from Montana State University.

“We had an exceptional pool of candidates vie for our superintendent position and the board was unanimous in its decision to offer Dr. Shipman the position,” said Loren Bough, Chair of the BSSD School Board of Trustees. “His clear focus is on the interests of students and educational rigor, a priority shared by the board of trustees.

“We have had great success in the educational opportunities for our students,” Bough added. “Our current administration, led by Superintendent Jerry House, has been instrumental in moving the district forward.”

Shipman’s official start date will be Aug. 1.

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