Declaration of Intent and Oath of Candidacy for Trustee Candidates - May 4, 2021 Trustee Election

  • Trustee candidates may file the Declaration of Intent and Oath of Candidacy form for the three seats that are up for election to the Missoula County Public Schools Board of Trustees. The election will be held on Tuesday, May 4, 2021.

    The following board seats are up for election:

    • Two K-12 trustee seats that represent both the Elementary and High School District for three-year terms. Candidates must reside within the MCPS Elementary District boundary. These positions are currently held by Grace Decker and Nancy Hobbins. 
    • One high school trustee seat that represents Election District “B” for a three-year term. Candidates must reside in Election District “B”, which includes the attendance area for Bonner and Target Range schools.  This seat is currently held by Sharon Sterbis. MCPS High School District Map 
    • One high school trustee seat that represents Election District “C” for a three-year term. Candidates must reside in Election District “C”, which includes the attendance area for Hellgate Elementary school.  This seat is currently held by Marica Holland. 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). The trustee candidate may be related to a school or county employee.

    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).

    Instructions to File:

    1. Complete the Declaration of Intent and Oath of Candidacy for Trustee Candidates. The Oath of Candidacy must clearly identify the position sought.
    2. Turn in your completed Oath of Candidacy to the MCPS Administration Office at 909 South Ave W. Kara Tortorich can notarize your candidacy form for free and direct your form to the MCPS Clerk.  Deadline: March 25 at 4 p.m.
    3. Candidates must work directly with the Commissioner of Political Practices to file the C-1-A form and any other required forms in order to appear on the ballot. As of October 2019, and in accordance with 13-37-225 and 226 MCA, all candidates must file these forms electronically.  Please visit the Commissioner of Political Practices page for instructions and to file. 
    4. See “Contacts & Helpful Links” below if you have questions. 

    Contacts and Helpful Links: 

    Missoula County Public Schools Business Office

    Kara Tortorich or Pat McHugh

    Montana Commission of Political Practices

    Missoula County Elections Office

    • 140 N. Russell St. 

    Candidate information and to view a list of current candidates: https://www.missoulacounty.us/government/administration/elections-office/information-for-candidates

    Office of Public Instruction

    Reference:

    2021 School Election Handbook. (2020). Retrieved from

                    http://opi.mt.gov/Portals/182/Page%20Files/School%20Finance/Elections/Guidance/FY%202021/2021%20Election%20Handbook.pdf?ver=2020-12-01-055418-267