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Missoula superintendent stepping down for job with state advocacy group

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Missoula County Superintendent of Public Schools Rob Watson is resigning after three years on the job.

Watson announced his resignation on Friday. He said he’s leaving the school district to be the executive director for the School Administrators of Montana, where he’ll be advocating for educators at the state level.

“[I'm] excited to be able to advocate for them and continue to work in public ed, but in a different way," he said.

His last day with the school district is June 30.

Watson recently made regional headlines after he and several other superintendents from across the state penned a letter expressing frustration with the the head of Montana’s Office of Public Instruction Elsie Artnzen over staffing turnover and her position on COVID-19 policies.

Missoula’s school board will discuss replacing Watson at its meeting on Tuesday.