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When and Where
  • 3/10/2020 8:30 AM MDT
  • 3/31/2020 4:30 AM MDT
  • Statewide
  • Malta, Glendive, Laurel, Kalispell, Missoula, Helena
  • Montana

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. 

Join us in-person in Malta (March 10), Glendive (March 11), Laurel (March 12), Kalispell (March 24), Missoula (March 25) and Helena (March 31). Choose your location during registration. There is also a video option for this event available.

There is no fee for this training for those in the MSTUIP program. Non-members $125 per person.


​8:00 – 8:30 am          Registration

8:30 – 9:30 am          The History of School Funding in Montana – This discussion will provide attendees with an understanding of the advancements in funding Montana’s public schools over several legislative sessions.

9:30 – 10:45 am        The Budgeting Process at the Local Level (Part I) – The focus of this session will be an overview of the budgeted and non-budgeted funds of a District, the use of the funds and restrictions on the same. This session will also include the distinction between budget authority and cash as well as information on allowable reserves.  

10:45 – 11:45 am      The Budgeting Process at the Local Level (Part II) – The focus of this session will be on the components, purpose, and use of a District’s General Fund.

11:45 – 1:00 pm       Lunch on your own

1:00 – 2:30 pm          Personalized Learning Options for Montana’s students – This session will focus on the laws and administrative rules that promote personalized learning. 

2:30 – 4:00 pm          Flexibilities and Efficiencies in District Operations to Enhance Personalized Learning – During this session, we will focus on key flexibilities and efficiencies that enhance personalized learning and the policies and procedures to make these changes in district operations. 

4:00 – 4:30 pm          Overview of MASBO and MTSBA Preliminary Legislative Platforms and Q&A Session


March 10, 2020 - Malta High School Auditorium

March 11, 2020 - Glendive High School Auditorium

March 12, 2020 - Laurel School Administration Board Room

March 24, 2020 - Kalispell - Hilton Garden Inn, 1840 Highway, U.S. 93 S, Kalispell

March 25, 2020 - Missoula, Hilton Garden Inn, 3720 N Reserve St.

March 31, 2020 - Helena, MTSBA Headquarters 863 Great Northern Blvd.

MTSBA Cancellation Policy: There are no refunds for cancellations (5) days prior to the date of the training. Notification of cancellations must be received by Wendy Brenden by email at wbrenden@mtsba.org. However, if MTSBA cancels an in-person event due to extenuating or unforeseen circumstances those registered will be moved to the video-option for that event.  If you are registered and do not want the video-option, you must notify MTSBA within 5 days after the cancellation notice to prevent being charged for that event.

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.