Periodic ‘Briefings’ are sent to audiences all across the state depending in the topic(s) and the need for a possible response from the field. If you are interested in receiving emails of General Interest, Click here and sign-up. You have full control over receiving or not receiving any MREA email contact list you have signed up for. Communications from MREA are typically detailed e-mail and internet-based updates of current issues affecting rural schools across our state are provided to members.
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 National Rural Education Advocacy Coaltion (NREAC) which is the national legislative arm of NREA and affiliated with AASA. MREA leadership is at the table for state level legislative issues, topics from the Board of Public Education, working with the Office of Public Instruction, connecting with the Office Commissioner of Higher Education, collaborating with the Montana Council of Deans of Education, and maintaining a relationship with the Governor’s Office. We are also in regular contact with Montana’s Congressional Delegation representing the needs and issues that do or may impact small and rural schools that originate in our nations Capitol.
Through a unique MREA partnership, specialized experience in school law is available as a legal counsel option for MREA members. Not only is legal counsel provided representing the state association, but it is also available to individual schools on an optional basis. Click here for more detailed information and compare.
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. Click here or watch for our electronic Briefings with updated detailed information about this great partnership.
Professional Development and Conferences
A wide variety of professional development opportunities are provided to members specifically tailored to the needs of rural schools. Be on the look out for announcements for these professional development opportunities through the MREA communication system. Click here to signup for email announcements for these highly specialized training.
MREA continues to be very proud of sponsoring the invaluable services of Jack Sterling in assisting schools with the entire E-Rate application process. In 2016, Jack partnered with E-Rate Program Management, LLC owned by Nicole Jones and together they continue to provide a very knowledgeable source of information regarding this federal program. Nicole is based out of Miles City and has previous telephone company background including working with the E-Rate Program as a service provider which is proving to be very beneficial as she works with Jack and provides services to Montana schools. Please feel free to contact Jack at 406-259-5399 or Nicole at 406-934-6668 or contact us here at the Helena office for more information.
MREA believes that the recruitment and hiring of the district superintendent and other school administrative positions is one of the most important roles and responsibilities of the locally elected Board of Trustees. We believe that many local Boards could be conducting their own recruitment and searches and that they can be highly effective in doing so with the proper guidance. Click here for more information.