Bitterroot Icons: Lone Rock School

Formed in 1885, Lone Rock School was originally built closer to Ambrose Creek and was named Lone Stone School.

Perry Backus - Ravalli Republic

Lone Rock Superintendent Roger Samples has announced his intention to retire and the school’s trustees are hosting a community meeting tonight, Feb. 24, to gather community input on the school’s next move.

Trustee Paula Short said the community is an important part of the process.

“Anytime you have a vacancy it is a good time to look at the current structure and make sure that is how you want to move forward,” Short said. “We have had internal meetings and parent meetings and now we invite the community to give input on the superintendent position.”

Roger Samples said he is looking forward to spending time with family but will complete this third year as superintendent of Lone Rock if necessary.

“I’ll miss it,” Samples said. “I’ve been in education 27 years. I started as a teacher then I have been a principal at every level and assistant superintendent and superintendent. You get your head set on education. It will be hard to leave. It’s just time to be with family and be able to recreate more.”

Samples said the board has begun their search to replace him and he will stay for a time of transition.

“It depends on when they can get someone,” Samples said. “I’m not going to leave them in the lurch and will stay until June 30 if needed.”

In addition to the community meeting Wednesday, Lone Rock has two open trustee positions to be filled in the May 3 school election. The county-run, mail-in ballot election will determine positions for three-year terms currently held by Wayne Stanford (elected May 2013) and Paula Short (appointed by the trustees to fill a position vacated in June 2015). Stanford has filed to run again and Short has indicated that she will.

To run for a trustee position, file with the Lone Rock District Clerk or the Ravalli County Recorder by March 24.

The community meeting on the superintendent position is 6:30 p.m., Feb. 24, at the Lone Rock School Cafeteria for an hour and a half. For more information call (406) 777- 3314.

Reach reporter Michelle McConnaha at 363-3300 or michelle.mcconnaha@ravallirepublic.com.

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Reporter at The Ravalli Republic