Starting in 1926, the Montana School Boards Association (MTSBA) has promoted and defended each community's ownership of its public schools, exercised through constitutionally-empowered trustees who are elected by and accountable to the communities they serve.
MTSBA is governed by a 20 member Board of Directors including directors appointed by the boards of Montana's seven largest communities (Billings, Butte, Bozeman, Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell and Missoula); 11 directors elected by their peers in geographic regions throughout the state of Montana, one representative of the Indian School Board Caucus and one representative serving on the National School Boards Association Board of Directors.
All of MTSBA's directors are elected volunteer trustees in their local communities, and serve on the MTSBA board without compensation, just as they do in their local communities.
MTSBA's membership encompasses virtually all the state's locally elected boards of trustees, over 1,400 dedicated volunteer leaders in all. Our services and other resources are designed, implemented, regularly and effectively assessed and adjusted to ensure the success of G.R.E.A.T. public schools throughout Montana. Click on the picture below to see an enlarged version and read about the characteristics of G.R.E.A.T.-ness.