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When and Where
  • 3/7/2023 1:00 PM MST
  • 3/28/2023 3:00 PM MDT
  • Virtual via Zoom. Link will be emailed to those registered.
  • Montana

2023 MTSBA/MASBO School Finance

and Budget Virtual Symposium Agenda

Sponsored by MTSUIP - No fee to attend

Tuesdays, March 7, 21, and 28, 2023

  • Session 1: We will provide an overview of the history of school finance in Montana and the advancements in funding Montana’s public schools over several legislative sessions. We will also provide a preview of what is expected in the 2023 Legislative Session.   
  • Session 2: The focus of this session will be on the budgeting process, including an overview of the budgeted and non-budgeted funds, the use of the funds, and restrictions on the same. This session will also include a discussion between budget authority and cash as well as information on allowable reserves, use of the General Fund, and ongoing appropriate uses of federal COVID funds. 
  • Session 3: This session will focus on the innovations that enhance personalized opportunities for our students as well as flexibilities and efficiencies to maximize district resources. 

Participant/Learner Outcomes: This training is being jointly hosted by MASBO and MTSBA as it is essential that your District’s leadership team (trustees, business managers and administrators alike) has a firm understanding of (1) Montana’s school finance laws; (2) your District’s budgeting process, and (3) strategies to promote personalized learning and efficient District operations. Those who take advantage of this value-added training sponsored by MTSBA’s Unemployment Insurance Program (MTSUIP) will come away with enhanced knowledge in these key areas of operations and governance.

Disclaimer: Montana School Boards Association (MTSBA) has designed these materials to provide helpful information regarding topics and best practices on issues concerning the administration and governance of Montana K-12 public schools. These materials are for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. MTSBA does not intend nor should these materials be construed to constitute the rendering of any legal advice. Should the recipient of these materials desire legal advice on any of the topics or information contained herein, MTSBA recommends that the recipient make a specific request for legal advice.23