Superintendent of Schools

Blaine County Superintendent of Schools

The position of the County Superintendent of Schools is elected by the public for a four-year term. As required by Montana State Law, the County Superintendent must hold a current Montana Teaching Certificate with at least three years of teaching experience. Blaine County supports 8 independent school districts, of those three consist of high school districts- Chinook, Harlem and Turner, one K-12 district- Hays Lodge Pole, four elementary districts- Bear Paw, Cleveland, North Harlem Colony and Zurich, three private schools- St. Paul’s Mission, Turner Colony and the White Clay Immersion School. There are also a large number of families home schooling their children within the county.

General supervision of public schools in the county is carried out by the County Superintendent. This supervision includes financial concerns, transportation, tuition, setting county mills for school transportation and retirement, as well as, centralized clerical and administrative functions prescribed by law.  The County Superintendent assists trustees of school districts that do not employ a district superintendent or principal with: assisting and directing teachers on general duties over the four rural schools in Blaine County; assisting the trustees with budgeting and finance; recruitment; placement, evaluation and supervision of teachers; curriculum development; teacher in-service training and other school matters. Rural Blaine County schools are: Bear Paw, Cleveland, North Harlem Colony and Zurich Elementary Schools.

Home schools are also supervised by the County Superintendent.

Top 3 Things a County Superintendent cannot do.

  1. “Fire” or otherwise remove school trustees. MCA 20-3-310. Trustee removal
  2. Order bus drivers to provide door-to-door bus service.
  3. Hire or fire school teachers or other school personnel. Only a board of trustees may hire or fire teacher or other school personnel.        MCA 20-3-324. Powers and duties of trustees

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Hours open: Monday-Friday 8:00 AM-5:00 PM; closed on legal holidays. Location: Blaine County Courthouse, Room 135 on the 2nd floor. Phone numbers: 406-357-3270 & 406-357-2307, Fax: 406-357-2199

Duties of County Superintendent (MCA 20-3-205) MCA Title 20: LINK TO OPI:

County Schools

Blaine County Public Schools

Chinook Dist. #10: Website: Superintendent: Darrin Hannum; Clerk: Nellie Jo Nicholson  Phone #: 406-357-2236
Fax:  406-357-2238
Harlem Dist. #12: Website: Superintendent: Shawn Smith;  Clerk: Teresa Cornell; Turner Dist. #43: Website:
Turner Public Schools 190 First Street East PO Box 40 Turner, MT 59542 Phone #: 406-379-2219 FAX 406-379-2398 Superintendent: Russ McKenna Clerk: Cindy Cowen, Clerk;
Chinook Jr./Sr. High School 528 Ohio Street PO Box 1059 Chinook, MT 59523 406-357-2236 FAX 406-357-2238 Harlem Jr./Sr. High School 610 1st Ave. SE PO Box 339 Harlem, MT 59526-0339 Phone #: 406-353-2287 FAX 406-353-2339
Meadowlark Elementary School 623 New York Street PO Box 1059 Chinook, MT 59523 Phone #: 406-357-2033 FAX 406-357-3146 Harlem Elementary School 110 3rd Ave. SW PO Box 309 Harlem, MT 59526 Phone #: 406-357-2258 FAX 406-353-2892 Hays/Lodge Pole #50: 179 School Road PO Box 110 Hays, MT 59527 Phone #: 406-673-3120 FAX 406-673-3415

Superintendent: John Bach, Jr.;

Clerk: Daralyn Shambo:

Hartland Colony School (under Chinook Elem. Dist.) 398-5313
North Harlem #6: North Harlem Colony Elementary 755 Hillcrest Road Harlem, MT 59526 Phone #: 406-353-2800 Clerk: Eli Hofer: Cleveland #14: Cleveland Elementary 22820 Cleveland Road Chinook, MT 59523 Phone #:  406-357-2018 Clerk: Trisha Gruszie:  Zurich #17 Clerk: Deanna Gilmore;

Zurich Elementary School 265 Park Road PO Box 847 Zurich, MT 59547 Phone #: 406-357-4164 FAX 4299

Bear Paw #67 Clerk: Trisha Gruszie: Bear Paw Elementary 29815 Clear Creek Road Chinook, MT 59523 Phone #: 406-395-4436

St. Paul’s Mission PO Box 40 Hays, MT 59527 Phone #: 406-673-3123


White Clay Immersion School Dr. Lynette Chandler, Principal; PO Box 159 Harlem, MT 59526 Phone #: 406-353-2607 ext. 299

Teacher Info

OPI link to job listings:

OPI link to Educator Licensure:

Small Schools Alliance (SSA):

Golden Triangle Cooperative Consortium:

Comprehensive System of Personnel Development (CSPD):

CSPD Region II:

Montana Regional Education Service Area (RESA) Region

Montana Rural Education Association:

Montana Education Association:

Montana Indian Education Association

Indian Education for All Resources:

Content Standards and Information:

Home Schools

Montana Coalition of Home School Education (MTCHE):

Home school packet:

FAQ for Montana Home Schools:

MTCHE Guide to Home Schooling:



Transportation Committee:

TR-4 Tips


County Transportation Committee Membership:

Duties of the County Transportation Committee:

ARM rules regarding Transportation:

Link to Transportation Maps- will be PDF’s



MCA link to chapter 20 – Education:

Facts about Montana Education:

Spelling Bee:

Statistics: District levies/budgets/TFS’s; OPI’s website: Finance/SchoolBudgets/

Summary of OPI Activities:

Montana Board of Public Education:

Administrative Rules of Montana (ARM), Title 10, Education:

School Administrators of Montana (SAM) and affiliates:

Montana High School Association: