The Bozeman School Board has voted unanimously to hire Kevin Conwell as the new principal of Bozeman High School.

Conwell, principal of Hamilton High School in western Montana for the last 15 years, and his wife, Barbara, attended Monday’s School Board meeting, when trustees voted 8-0 to approve the recommendation from Superintendent Rob Watson.

Watson had earlier announced that Conwell had been offered the position, contingent on the School Board’s approval.

Watson wrote that Conwell has a wealth of education and experience, was a classroom teacher for many years, and as principal put into practice a new teacher evaluation system. Conwell is also a leader in the Montana Behavior Initiative, has worked to improve students’ transition from eighth grade to high school, and understands the importance of alternative education, Watson said. The superintendent described Conwell as thoughtful, organized, able to build a great rapport with students, staff and parents, caring about kids and “a class act.”

Watson concluded that Conwell, who earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Montana, is said to have a great sense of humor, “which he will need to use if he expects to root for the Grizzlies in Bozeman.” He starts the new job July 1.