Bozeman School Superintendent Kirk Miller has received glowing reviews from the School Board.

Chairwoman Denise Hayman said at Monday night's School Board meeting that in their annual, closed-door performance review, trustees rated Miller as meeting or exceeding their expectations in 99 percent of the categories.

"The one area he's not meeting expectations is in taking personal time off," Hayman said. She added that trustees said they were proud to work with Miller, and that he has created "excitement in the district" about the schools' direction.

"The board supports you and is appreciative of the incredible job you've done," Hayman said, adding that Miller was rated as exceeding expectations in 64 percent of the categories.

Miller, in his fourth year leading the 5,500-student school district, gave credit to the "wonderful" team of teachers, staff and administrators he works with and added, "I'm happy to be here."

Whether Miller will receive a raise in his $131,300 salary or extension of his contract won't be decided until the end of this school year, when administrative pay is set.

In other action Monday, the School Board:

  • Voted to spend $70,000 to purchase two vacant lots to create a parking lot for Whittier School. The owner of the lots, at North Sixth Avenue and Short Street, was willing to sell them for $13,000 less than the appraised value. Whittier and Irving schools are the only elementary schools in the district without any off-street parking. Whittier parents have been working for years to improve the school's appearance and make it more functional. The purchase money is coming from the elementary building maintenance fund.
  • Applauded R.J. Tvedt, the district's accounting supervisor, for creating a Comprehensive Annual Financial Report that received the certificate of achievement for excellence in financial reporting for the 21st year in a row from the Government Finance Officers Association. Steve Johnson, assistant superintendent for business, said Tvedt "says up nights and weekends" to complete the report and to "ensure it meets high expectations."

Gail Schontzler can be reached at or 582-2633.