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  • 12/1/2020 10:00 AM MST
  • 12/15/2020 12:00 PM MST
  • Virtual/Zoom link will be emailed to registrants

MTSBA 2020 School Safety, Security and Innovations Virtual Symposium

Tuesdays in December! December 1, 8, 15 from 10:00 am - Noon

Only $125 per person or $500 for Unlimited District Option


Tuesday, December 1: 10:00 a.m. – noon

Innovations, Flexibilities, and Efficiencies: Part I – During this session, the MTSBA staff will provide an in-depth discussion of the innovations currently in law that advance personalized learning for each child in every public school. This will include:

  1. Waivers, custom pathways, and personalized learning under BPE rule.
  2. The ins and outs of proficiency-based education.
  3. Part-time enrollment options to provide flexible alternatives to supplement home school or private school learning.
  4. Offsite instruction options, including funding internet access to bridge the digital divide.
  5. Transformational learning funding and flexibilities.
  6. Advanced opportunities CTE funding and flexibilities.
  7. Continued ANB and enrollment for students who have already graduated but who want more opportunities to become career and life ready.
  8. Use of adult education to help students finish high school and spur economic recovery for those impacted by COVID-19.
  9. Use of exceptional circumstances to provide education to children under the age of 5 when needed.


Tuesday, December 8: 10:00 a.m. – noon

School Safety and Security -- Back by popular demand: MSGIA has secured the services of Jason Russell, former secret service agent and now the founder and President of Secure Educations Consultants. As many of you may recall, Jason was our Keynote Speaker for our 2018 School Law & Technology Conference. Jason will be discussing how public school can managing Safety and Security in this COVID-19 Environment by focusing on:

  1. Identifying emerging threats and managing impacts
  2. De-Escalation Strategies for administrators and staff 
  3. Dealing with traditional school safety and security issues in the new school environment. 


Tuesday, December 15: 10:00 a.m. – noon

Innovations, Flexibilities, and Efficiencies: Part II – During this session, the MTSBA staff will provide an in-depth discussion of the innovations currently in law that maximize the resources available for district operations and provide flexibility in educator licensure. This will include:

  1. Use of multidistrict agreements to enable transfers from fund to fund, avoid fund balance reappropriations, and to otherwise maximize the impact of resources.
  2. Use of tuition levy to pay for unfunded costs of compliance with IDEA.
  3. Use of transfers, major maintenance, and voted levies for school and student safety and security.
  4. Balancing non-voted increases in over BASE levies through reductions in other non-voted levies under control of the board of trustees.
  5. Taking control of school district funds in whole or in part.
  6. Taking part in cooperative purchasing.
  7. Streamlined licensure for any national board-certified teacher from other states.
  8. Streamlined licensure for any educator licensed in any other state with five years of success.
  9. Class 4C Career and Technical License for anyone with a high school diploma and five years of experience in an industry or trade.



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.