Chinook School Board Discusses Mask Wearing, Recommends Superintendent

CHINOOK, Mont. (NMB) – The Chinook School Board of Trustees held a special meeting on Monday evening to discuss their face covering policy and recommend a new Superintendent.

After public comment and discussion, the Board took no action on their mask policy, which means mask use is recommended but not required at the District.

Several members of the public voiced their support for not putting a mask requirement in place, while Blaine County Health Officer Jana McPherson-Hauer urged the Board to implement universal masking, saying that this is “not the time to pull prevention strategies.”

Blaine County has adopted Governor Greg Gianforte’s recent directive as a local health order, which highly encourages but does not require universal masking. However, face coverings remain required in certain County buildings including the Courthouse, Courthouse Annex, Chinook and Harlem Libraries, the Blaine County Museum, and the Commercial Building at the Fair Grounds.

Following that agenda item, the Board advanced their search for a new Superintendent by issuing a formal recommendation to move forward with the hiring of Fred Hofman.

Hofman is currently the Superintendent and Principal of the Harrison School District, which is located north of Ennis. The District will now enter into negotiations with Hofman.

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