State and National Representation

MREA represents Montana’s small and rural schools at both the state and national level. Although we are perhaps most visible to our members through our state office in Helena, MREA was also a charter member of the new National Rural Education Advocacy Coaltion (NREAC). MREA is a member and participates with a wide variety of other national organizations providing information to our members and representation at the national level.

Legal Counsel

Specializing in school law representing both the state association and also available to individual schools on an optional basis. Click here for more detailed information.


Monthly newsletters, detailed e-mail and internet-based updates of current issues affecting rural schools across our state are provided to members.

Health Insurance

MREA is proud to endorse the MUST Insurance Programs and Services! MREA has worked hard to protect the interest of our members in the recent process leading up to this endorsement. Please watch our On-Line Member Briefings and the Update for detailed information as this new partnership.

Meetings and Conferences

A variety of professional development opportunities are provided to members specifically tailored to the needs of rural schools. MREA’s Summer Regional Educational Conference is the only state-wide conference exclusively focused on small and rural school educational issues available in Montana.

Federal Programs Assistance

MREA offers assistance to our member districts with the development and maintenance of the Comprehensive Educational Plans and Effectiveness Report requirements as well as assistance with a wide variety of national and state reporting requirements.

E-Rate Services

MREA continues to be very proud of sponsoring the invaluable services of Jack Sterling in assisting schools with the entire E-Rate application process. Jack is a very knowledgeable source of information regarding this federal program and our MREA schools have benefited tremendously from the assistance he has offered through this association service. Please feel free to contact Jack directly at 406-259-5399 or contact us here at the Helena office for more information.

Electronic Updates Available to Members

MREA provides Electronic Updates of the most recent educational developments occurring to its membership by means of E-Mail, Fax transmissions and this website. Click here to send your complete e-mail address or fax number to be included on these mailing lists.