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:


Superintendent: Darin Hannum;

Clerk: Moses Deanon

Phone: 406-357-2236
Fax:  406-357-2238

Harlem Dist. #12:


Superintendent: Doreen Warren

Clerk: Lori Owens;

Turner Dist. #43:

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

Chinook Jr./Sr. High School

528 Ohio Street

PO Box 1059 Chinook, MT 59523

Phone: 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

 Hays/Lodge Pole #50: 

179 School Road

PO Box 110 Hays, MT 59527

Phone: 406-673-3120

FAX 406-673-3415


John Bach,Jr.:

Clerk: Daralyn Shambo:

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

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 406-357-4299

Bear Paw #67

29815 Clear Creek Road

Chinook, MT 59523 

Clerk: Trisha Gruszie:

Phone: 406-395-4436


St. Paul’s Mission

PO Box 40

Hays, MT 59527

Phone: 406-673-3123


White Clay Immersion School

Sean 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: