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Melissa Romano, right, meets with Mark Lainer, a high school math teacher who is working remotely from Roosevelt School during the COVID-19 pandemic. Romano is running as a Democratic candidate for superintendent of public instruction for Montana. (Photo: SKYLAR RISPENS/GREAT FALLS TRIBUNE)

As school districts across the state of Montana reckon with the challenges posed by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Great Falls Public Schools is no exception.

Since schools reopened in late August GFPS has faced COVID-19 positive individuals in schools across the district that led to the temporary closure of Great Falls High early last week and a ransomware attack on the network. In addition to those challenges, the remote education side of the district is trying to find its footing as well. 

Last week, Democratic candidate of superintendent of public instruction Melissa Romano