Taking the top school job in a pandemic

Craig Mueller discusses becoming superintendent during COVID-19


Last updated 4/21/2021 at 10:56am

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Havre Public Schools then-Interim Superintendent Craig Mueller speaks during a school board meeting at Havre Middle School March 23. Mueller, who the Havre Public Schools Board of Trustees selected for the superintendent position later in March, talked to Havre Daily News about working as assistant superintendent, interim superintendent and superintendent in less than 12 months during a pandemic.

Havre Public Schools Superintendent Craig Mueller has transitioned through three job titles in a year, all during the COVID-19 pandemic.

When the pandemic first began, he was assistant superintendent and then, when previous Superintendent Andy Carlson left in July 2020, Mueller stepped into an interim superintendent role. Eventually, he would transition to the superintendent role after initially declining the position. 

Looking at the year for not only himself, but Havre Public Schools as a whole, there were many transitions and many unknowns, he said. The schools went completely remote...

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