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By John Dowd 

Superintendent brings experience to T. Falls position



Thompson Falls Schools is welcoming their new superintendent, Bud Scully. Scully brings positive energy to the position and 30 years of administrative experience and 40 years of experience in education as a whole.

Scully grew up in Phoenix, Arizona. and went to college in Denver, Colorado, to major in physical education, although he says he has never had a full-time physical education teaching job. He has a master's degree in educational leadership from Northern Arizona University, and a Master of Teaching degree in physical science from Northern Arizona University. Scully began teaching science and over his career has taught health, physics, biology, chemistry, physical education, government, economics, driver's education, and media technology.

Scully's teaching experience has led him to be a counselor, an athletic director and a baseball, wrestling, basketball and football coach. He brings forth experience from 14 years of being a school board member. He has taught in many schools a crossed the west.

Scully worked his way up to athletic director, then to principal and then up to a superintendent.

"I am always looking for a new challenge," said Scully. He is married with three sons and has been the superintendent in Florence, Montana, for six years. He is letting his youngest, who is close to graduating, finish high school there before he brings his family to the Thompson Falls area.

When asked what improvements could be made, Scully referenced many facility related projects and the budget that needs work. "The district is $140,000 upside down," said Scully mentioning the large debt in which Thompson Falls School District finds itself. "Eighty-five percent of the budget of most schools is the payroll costs. We want to keep our teachers and the essential staff." He continued by saying that the cuts to be made will have to be clever to keep people employed. "I'm excited to be there and to be an active part of the community, and my door is always open so that I can send people in the right direction, or to help where I can."

Scully mentioned work he would like to put into the infrastructure and technology of the district, referencing that most college classes can now be taken online. He says that getting students experience with online learning can help them tremendously in the future, if they wish to pursue higher education. "It's important to learn from each other because no one has all the answers," said Scully. One of the first things he did when getting acquainted with the school district was to ask for a list of the good things that Thompson Falls Schools do, as well as the things that need work. This way he could get an outline of the district and the many moving parts. Scully starts on July 1 and believes he can be a great asset to the district and the community.


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