MTSBA Program Flyers
For nearly 90 years, MTSBA has promoted and defended each Montana community's ownership of its public schools, exercised through constitutionally-empowered boards of trustees who are elected by and accountable to the communities in which they serve. MTSBA's membership encompasses virtually all the state's locally elected boards of trustees, over 1,400 dedicated volunteer leaders in all, and 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.
The Core Purpose of the Montana School Boards Association (MTSBA) is to maximize the potential of each child through school board leadership.
Our Core Values are:
The Enduring Characteristics of G.R.E.A.T.-ness provide unique assurances of excellence and accountability that cannot be matched elsewhere. Montana's public schools are:
Governed by school boards that are subject to election: Whether you are content or unsatisfied with your public schools, the access to an elected, volunteer board of trustees is one of the best assurances of excellence a community can have. Your access to elected trustees and your corresponding right to determine who represents your interests on the school board is a constitutional guarantee afforded to Montanans under Article X, Section 8 of the Montana Constitution.
Responsive to community input: The Montana Constitution also guarantees the public’s right of input before an elected school board makes decisions of interest to you. This unique guarantee of the right of public input give you a voice in decisions that affect you and can lead to improved decision-making by our public schools. In short, your voice provides choice – the choice to become involved, to make a difference and to help elected school boards continuously improve Montana’s public schools.
Excellent and Efficient: From graduation rates and average scores on the ACT exam (the predominant test of college readiness in the Nation) to Montana students’ performance on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, Montana’s public schools provide a world-class education. Equally important is that our public schools provide this high level of achievement at costs that are $850 per student below the national average.
Advancing Student Achievement Through Innovation: Montana’s public schools have innovated throughout the state to meet the needs of children in each community. Open enrollment with no tuition for out of district students in a large majority of our public schools; 4 day school week programming in many of our rural schools; online learning options available to all children of the state through the Montana Digital Academy; courses taken for concurrent high school and college credit; Montessori schools; part time enrollment for home school students; and even religious instruction release time are just a few of the flexible innovations in Montana’s public schools.
Trusted through Transparency: Another important guarantee afforded to Montanans under the Montana Constitution is the right to openness and transparency. Elected school boards are public agencies under the law and Montana’s 1972 Constitution gives citizens the right to inspect public records and attend meetings of elected school boards.
Spring Workshops & Regional Trustee Meetings
May 14 Missoula
May 15 Ronan
May 19 Conrad
May 19 Lockwood
May 20 Great Falls
May 20 Miles City
May 21 Bozeman
May 21 Glendive
May 22 Boulder
May 22 Culbertson
May 23 Havre