MCPS Board of Trustee Vacancy High School District "B"

  • The MCPS Board of Trustees declared a high school trustee district “B” position vacant at the board meeting on May 11, 2021. The board of trustees will appoint an individual to fill the seat in each election district until the first available school election, which is May 3, 2022.

    The following board seat is vacant:

    • One high school trustee seat that represents Election District “B”. Candidates must reside in Election District “B”, which includes the attendance area for Bonner and Target Range schools.  MCPS High School District Map

    MCPS trustees are non-paid positions. Trustees are expected to attend two (2) monthly meetings that focus on school district operations. In addition, trustees are also expected to attend special meetings, board work sessions, budget study sessions, building visits, graduation ceremonies, and special events. Meetings are primarily held in the evening.

    There are 11 trustees on the MCPS school board. Seven trustees represent both Elementary and High School Districts, and four trustees represent various outlying communities, and only vote on High School District issues.

    Who May Run for the Office of School District Trustee?

    Any person qualified to vote in a district is eligible for the office of trustee. However, there are restrictions on who may hold office. A trustee may not be employed in any capacity by the trustee’s own school district (except for officiating athletic competitions under the auspices of the Montana Officials Association).

    20-3-305 and 20-9-204, MCA. (2021 School Election Handbook, 2021).

    A person may not be eligible to hold office due to a conviction.  See 13-35-106, MCA

    What Are the Qualifications for School Trustee?

    A trustee must: 1) be qualified to vote in a district; and 2) be a resident of the school district.  20-3-305, MCA. (2021 School Election Handbook, 2021).

    Qualified to vote means the person must: 1) be at least 18 years old; 2) be a resident of the state and county for at least 30 days; and 3) be a United States citizen. The person must not be: 1) a convicted felon currently serving a sentence in a penal institution; or 2) determined to be of unsound mind by a court of law. 13-1-111, MCA. (2021 School Election Handbook, 2021).

    The timeline for filling the vacant seat is as follows:

    • Application information made available – May 13, 2021
    • Application materials due to the superintendent’s office – July 6, 2021
    • Board meeting to interview candidates –Tentative date July 8, 2021
    • New trustee is seated – July 8, 2021

    Application Information:

    Application information is available below, or at the superintendent's office at 909 South Ave West, Missoula, Montana, 59801. If you are interested in being considered for appointment, please provide the following application materials to the superintendent's office by July 6, 2021.

    You can also submit your application materials electronically by emailing Tracy Long at talong@mcpsmt.org, but please contact her at 728-2400, ext. 1026, to confirm the materials were received electronically prior to the deadline. Applications received after the June 8, 2021 deadline will not be considered.

    Applicants must review Board Policy 1512 in regards to Board of Trustees Conflict of Interest.

    For further information, email Tracy Long at talong@mcpsmt.org, or contact her at 728-2400, ext. 1026.

    Applicants must provide the following information:

    • A letter with your full name, physical address and contact information. The letter should indicate the district (B) you live in and express your interest in filling the vacant seat. The appointee will serve until a successor has qualified after the May 3, 2022 regular school election.
    • Attest that you:

      • are a registered voter;
      • are eligible to hold office per MCA 13-35-106;
      • live within the boundary of Missoula County Public Schools High School District “B” or “C”;
      • do not have a conflict of interest per policy 1512 Conflict of Interest.
    • Answer the following two questions in writing:
      • Why do you want to be a school board member?
      • Is it your intention to stand for election at the next school election on May 3, 2022?

    A school trustee is a public office. Please understand that as a candidate for this vacancy, the information that you submit will be made available to the general public and posted on the district’s website. Your name, physical address and contact information (phone and email) will be provided to the media and the general public.