BOZEMAN, Mont. -

At Monday's special School Board meeting, the vote was unanimous.

"I think Dr. Watson is the one to lead the district going forward" Trustee Sue McGrath said.

Trustee Heidi Arneson shared the same sentiments. "For me, Rob Watson was the top" she said.

"My choice was basically, unanimously in my mind- Rob Watson" said Trustee Ed Churchill.

Top choice for new Bozeman Schools Superintendent- Rob Watson- above the two other candidates.

The School Board also interviewed Senior Advisor Jim Warford with the International Center for Leadership in Education, and Billings Assistant Superintendent Josh Middleton.

"We had three very good choices, and it was a tough decision" School Board Trustee Denise Hayman said.

She said community input from the meet and greets and the responder panel played a factor in the decision.

"We really felt we had great community feedback during this process" Hayman said.

And much of the community agreed- Watson is the best fit, she said.

He already knows how the school district works.

"I feel like I will be able to make a difference on a larger scale than just the high school level" Rob Watson said, during an interview with NBC Montana at the public meet and greet on May 16th.

He told us why he wanted the job.

"I'm interested because I think it presents a unique opportunity for me to improve my skills and to help the Bozeman community" he said.

The School board felt the same way.

"We just felt that he did a spectacular job during his interview, and then looking at his references and letters of recommendation, and everything came together" Hayman said.

From here, trustees will begin negotiating a contract for hire with Watson, and hope to have him officially in place by June.

Watson will replace current Superintendent Kirk Miller, who took a job in Helena as the Executive Director of the School Administrators of Montana.