MCS Announces New “RFP” for Food Products/Services

Over the past few years the Montana Cooperative Services (MCS) “Food Bid” Program sponsored by MREA and MTSBA has greatly expanded and now includes schools in every corner of Montana! In our ongoing efforts to make certain that we are meeting all USDA regulations and getting our member schools the very best pricing and service, MCS announces a new “Request for Proposals” (RFP) to qualified vendors operating here in Montana.

Click on “Montana Cooperative Services (About MCS) in the gold bar at the top of this page for detailed information on the new RFP.

A Huge thanks to our MCS Steering Committee of Food Service Directors that have spent numerous hours helping to supervise this program and insure its continued success for our schools! The Steering Committee includes the following representatives from across Montana: Cindy Bainter (Big Timber), Barbara Lea (Winnett), Trish Lovec (Ekalaka), Pam Radke (Sidney), Amy Russell (Red Lodge), Wendy Shreeve (Forsyth), Peg Tobin (Sunburst). We are also indebted to Tom Gustin who has served as a state-level procurement expert for Montana for over 30 years and who has devoted literally hundreds of hours in helping MCS with this current RFP process.

Summer Conference and Annual Meeting – June 20-21, 2016

MREA encourages our members to plan now to attend this year’s Summer Conference and Annual Meetingts which will take place at Bozeman’s Holiday Inn Express on Monday, June 20th and Tuesday June 21st. This year Montana’s “Class C Superintendents’ Caucus” will meet immediately following MREA’s meetings.

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Watch for the detailed conference agenda will be forwarded to all members in upcoming weeks!

Montana Rural Education Association Selects Dennis Parman as New Executive Director

The Montana Rural Education Association (MREA) Board of Directors has selected Dennis Parman as its new executive director, effective July 1, 2016. Parman currently serves as Deputy Superintendent under State Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau, and has over 35 years of public education experience in Montana from a classroom teacher, building principal and District Superintendent for Shelby Public Schools and Havre Public Schools. Dennis is also presently the Chair of the Montana Digital Academy Governing Board. Dennis’ selection comes after a nationwide search that garnered interest from dozens of applicants from across the Nation. Dennis was ultimately selected from a highly qualified pool of finalists.

“Dennis really distinguished himself in his interview and proved that he has the unique combination of experience, perspective, background and skills necessary to hit the ground running and foster MREA’s success over the coming years” said Kris Kuhen, chair of the MREA hiring committee. “Dennis’ showing was particularly impressive given the amazing quality of all the finalists and others who applied for this important position” added Kuhen.

Outgoing executive director Dave Puyear was equally effusive in his praise of the hiring process and the selection of Parman. “As many know, working for MREA has been more like a life’s passion than a job to me over the last 18 years. The level of interest in this position by such an excellent group of education leaders is very validating to me as I reflect back on my career with MREA. Dennis’ selection will help MREA continue to build on its past successes as THE advocate for Montana’s rural/small schools, their communities and most importantly the kids we serve.”

Parman will continue in his role as Deputy Superintendent for State Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau and will begin in his new role as MREA’s Executive Director effective July 1, 2016.