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MREA Board Re-Opens Executive Director Search

The Montana Rural Education Association continues to seek an experienced, dynamic and motivating executive director who is interested in leading in a challenging, fast paced and dynamic environment as a champion for rural schools and communities in Montana.

The MREA Board of Directors is re-opening their search for an Executive Director in an effort to expand the pool of candidates and allow other qualified individuals the opportunity to apply.  The applications (letter and resume) will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 4th with interviews tentatively slated for the week of March 13th.

The Board has also noted:

  • This is a full-time position.
  • Salary: Base of $90,000. to include benefits DOE
  • Living in or near Helena preferred
  • Montana superintendent endorsement/experience preferred.                                         

MREA will continue to accept letters of interest and resumes through 5:00 PM on March 4, 2016.  Submit letters of interest and resumes addressed to the MREA Board of Directors and emailed to:  Dave Puyear at dpuyear@mrea-mt.org.  Current applicants that no longer wish to be considered should contact MREA at the above email address.

IMPORTANT NOTE: documents MUST be transmitted as PDF files to the above email address. Please include/save your LAST NAME in the actual computer file name. No paper or hard copy communications will be accepted. (example: Puyear-resume, or Puyear-letter)

QUESTIONS:  All questions regarding this position should be forwarded to the MREA Helena Office via email to: dpuyear@mrea-mt.org.  No voice, paper or hard copy communications will be accepted.  Include “Executive Director Position”  in the Subject Line of all Communications. A copy of the full job description is available upon request.

Please DO NOT contact individual state MREA Board Members during this process as this places them in a difficult position with regards to remaining objective and fair to all candidates.


MREA Identifies Priorities for 2015-16

During the annual meetings held in Billings this summer the MREA Board of Directors and Members have identified the following priorities for the upcoming year:

  • Continue to build relationships and open communications with the business, lobbying, and civic groups in explaining the long-range funding challenges facing Montana Schools.
  • Explore the possible sponsorships of major forums/symposiums to increase awareness of school funding challenges with legislative leaders, the above business and civic groups and others in the K-12 education community.
  • Expand support to those promoting natural resource development within the state as a means of encouraging their support of our issues and concerns.
  • Actively support increased options and flexibility for Montana schools in the manner in which schools develop and implement their budgets and local finances.
  • Support legislation that will enhance local control.
  • Educate and inform members on the expansion of services available to MREA eligible schools.



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