About Us

Helping our Members Govern Effectively and Successfully! 

The Montana School Boards Association is a private non-profit membership organization that was first founded nearly 90 years ago through the efforts and interests of volunteer elected trustees from throughout the state of Montana. MTSBA's Core Purpose is to maximize the potential of each child in Montana's public schools through school board leadership.  Membership in MTSBA is voluntary, decided by a motion of each elected school board, and is available to any publicly-elected K-12 school board in Montana.  

Virtually all of Montana's elected school districts are members and we represent over 1,400 elected trustees.  MTSBA provides a comprehensive range of professional services to Montana's public schools.  

We save taxpayers millions of dollars each year with our money saving and highly efficient insurance programs (Montana Schools Group Insurance Authority for workers compensation and property, casualty, and liability; Montana Schools Unemployment Insurance Program for unemployment insurance), each of which are self-funded and member-owned and governed.  We advocate for increased student achievement before the Montana Legislature and Congress, provide training to improve the skills, abilities and performance of our member school boards, and otherwise provide resources and support for school boards on leadership, strategic planning, community engagement, legal, human resource, policy, employment and collective bargaining issues.