School Finance

Important School Election Information

Sunday, May 1, 2011, 8:44 pm

House Bill 327 (HB327) became law effective April 22, 2011.  The bill clarifies various statutes related to school elections.  Please be aware of two changes in this bill that affect newly elected trustees and board reorganization:


20-3-307, MCA Qualification and oath was amended to allow the county superintendent, their designee or any official provided for in 1-6-101 or 2-16-116, MCA to administer the oath of office to a trustee who is newly elected by vote or acclamation.  The oath must be filed with the county superintendent of schools not more than 15 days after the trustee receives the certificate of election. 


See also these links: 

1-6-101, MCA:

2-16-116, MCA:


20-3-321, MCA Organization and officers was amended to change the deadline for the annual trustees' organization meeting to 15 days after the election.  This year, that date is Wednesday, May 18, 2011.


The full text of HB327 can be accessed at this link:

For more information, contact Brenda Thomas, (406) 444-4524