The following is a press release from Missoula County Public Schools:

MCPS announces changes to administrative positions in three local schools

Missoula County Public Schools announces the following changes in administration at Hellgate High School, Sentinel High School, and Meadow Hill Middle School, effective July 1, 2012.

Lisa Hendrix, currently principal at Meadow Hill Middle School, will become principal at Hellgate High School. Hendrix replaces Russ Lodge. Lodge recently announced that he would be retiring and leaving Montana to take a principal?s position in an elementary school in Washington State. Hendrix has served as principal at Meadow Hill since July 2010. She also worked as assistance principal at Porter Middle School from 2006 to 2010. She has more than 25 years of experience in education at both the middle and high school levels.

Christina Stevens, currently assistant principal at Meadow Hill Middle School, will replace Hendrix in the principal?s chair. Stevens worked as a language arts, math and science teacher at Meadow Hill from 1993 to 2002. In 2002, she became a half-time assistant principal, and in 2004, a full time assistant principal. She has also coached several sports and served on numerous district committees.

Matt Clausen, currently director of creativity, innovation and technology in the district, will assume the position of assistant principal at Meadow Hill. In addition to overseeing several technology projects at MCPS, Clausen has coordinated the Perkins grant program. He taught English and science in the Alternative High School programs at Willard School from 2001 to 2007. The director of creativity, innovation and technology position in the district will likely be eliminated to help balance the district?s 2012-13 elementary and high school budgets.

Pete Hasquet, currently a dean at Sentinel High School, will become assistant principal and activities director at Sentinel. Hasquet replaces Scott Whaley, who is retiring. Hasquet has been a dean for nearly 13 years at Sentinel. He taught special education at the high school from 1982 to 1999. He has also coached both boys and girls basketball.

Betty Bennett, currently an English teacher at Sentinel High School, will replace Hasquet in the dean?s position. Bennett joined the district in 1987. She has an extensive background in counseling and working with at-risk youth. She previously served as a dean at Sentinel from 2001 to 2008, but returned to teaching when that position was eliminated due to budget reductions.

All of these individuals will assume their new administrative position on July 1, 2012. For additional information, please contact Lesli Brassfield, director of public affairs, at 728-2400, ext. 1024 or 406-531-6195 (cell).