Summary of OPI Activities for March 2014
Office of the Superintendent
Highlights for March 2014
Along with important details about upcoming deadlines and conferences, this month’s summary has information about the Oil and Gas Impact grant award recipients, the application process for Gifted and Talented grants, and a reminder that March 3-7, 2014 is School Breakfast Week.
Take a look at the Assessment webpage at the Office of Public Instruction has been re-designed and provides the information you need to prepare for the new assessment. Check out the page at: http://opi.mt.gov/curriculum/MontCAS/
Superintendent Juneau will be accepting nominations of students to serve on her Student Advisory Board. If you know a student who would be a great addition to the Advisory Board, check out the Graduation Matters Montana website for the online nomination forms starting on March 11, 2014: http://graduationmatters.mt.gov/
The TEAMS report window has been extended to March 14, 2014.
The deadline for applying for school-wellness mini grants is March 14, 2014.
For more information, contact Terry Kendrick, 444-3449
Nine Grants Awarded to Assist Oil and Gas Impacted Schools
On February 19, 2014, Superintendent Denise Juneau announced the award of $449,855 in grants for oil and gas impacted schools that are receiving oil and natural gas production taxes in an amount less than 20 percent of the district’s maximum general fund budget. The grant awards range from $16,541 to $75,000.
Ninety school districts were eligible for the State School Oil and Natural Gas Impact Grant, and 29 schools applied. The following nine school districts were successful in their applications:
Culbertson High School: $60,000
Dawson High School: $75,000
Froid Elementary School: $30,500
Glendive Elementary School: $75,000
Plentywood K-12: $56,000
Powder River County High School: $18,859
Savage Elementary School: $48,000
Winnett K-12: $16,541
Wolf Point Elementary School: $69,955
This is the first year that the OPI awarded State School Oil and Natural Gas Impact Grants. Grant funding comes from the state school oil and natural gas impact account, a state special revenue fund, which is collected from a percentage of oil and gas revenue that districts could not retain as a result of the passage of Senate Bill 329 in the 2011 Legislative Session. Eligibility for the grant program was significantly changed in the 2013 Legislative Session with the passage of Senate Bill 175.
For descriptions of the grant awards, go to http://www.opi.mt.gov/Media_Center/News_Updaters/NewsStories/2014-02-19_113049.html
For more information, contact Madalyn Quinlan, Chief of Staff, 406-444-3168
Please welcome Jennifer Bezanson, GMM Program Assistant
The Superintendent’s Office is pleased to announce that Jennifer Bezanson has joined the OPI as our Graduation Matters Montana program assistant. Jenn will be working on policy, research, communications, administrative and team projects related to the Superintendent’s GMM initiative. She will also be working with schools/communities that have a Graduation Matters initiative as well as coordinating the meetings of the Student Advisory Board. Please join us in welcoming Jenn to the Office of Public Instruction.
For more information, contact Jennifer Bezanson, GMM Program Assistant, 406-444-3526
Accreditation and Educator Preparation
Chapter 58 Program Standards Review
Chapter 58 Program Standards Review
The Montana Board of Public Education has charged the Office of Public Instruction with the revision of the Administrative Rules of Montana, Chapter 58, Professional Educator Preparation Programs Standards (PEPPS). These standards identify what a teacher leaving the university program should know and be able to do in their field.
Nominations have been received, teams have been organized, and the work is beginning. The draft revisions will be available for reviewers to comment on by the end of March.
For More Information Contact:
Patty Muir by email email@example.com , or
Michael Hall by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information, contact Patty Muir, 444-4317
Gifted and Talented Grants
The 2014-2015 GT Intent to Apply is opening March 3, 2014 and will close March 28, 2014. The Intent to Apply has now been integrated into the E-grants system. Hopefully this will streamline the entire grant process. Any school system/district interested in applying for Gifted and Talented Grant Funds must complete the Intent to Apply by Midnight on March 28, 2014. There were a few changes to the GT Grant Application process last year; the Gifted Program Plan submission was the major one. In the Intent to Apply, each participating school district/system will certify that they have a current Gifted and Talented Program Plan or are in the process of updating their plan and each school understands that they will be required to submit (uploaded to the GT grant application) the plan as part of their GT grant application. A revised Gifted Education Resource Guide can be found on the OPI website. This resource guide highlights the main components of a comprehensive Gifted & Talented Education Program Plan. In addition to the resource guide each of the five Regional Education Service Areas offer professional development in writing your district plan.
If you have any questions please contact Heather Ferguson, Specialist for G&T Education, at the Office of Public Instruction.
For more information, contact Heather Ferguson, 444.0769
TEAMS Report Window Extended to Midnight March 14, 2014
Although the reporting window was scheduled to close at midnight on Friday, February 21, 2014, a number of factors created the need to extend the deadline for schools.
As you know, the new TEAMS application was not completed in time to allow the collection process to begin in the fall. Even though the application collects the same information as the old Annual Data Collection, it is in a new format resulting in a steep learning curve on the part of the users and the OPI staff. Finally, although extensive testing was done on the application before release, the real time execution of the application revealed some unanticipated errors in its development. A large number of these errors have been corrected and the remaining identified errors are being addressed as quickly as time allows.
During this three-week extension, the TEAMS staff will continue to respond as quickly as possible to requests for assistance. In addition, the staff will create direct assistance opportunities for schools that are experiencing the greatest difficulty in completing the report.
For more information, contact Teri Wing, (406) 444-4436
Additional technical assistance for TEAMS
With the TEAMS deadline extension to midnight March 14, 2014, the TEAMS staff will continue to provide technical assistance to schools. The TEAMS Manual is available on the TEAMS website, as well as numerous short videos on specific tasks. In addition, the recorded Adobe Connect Question and Answer sessions are avaialble for viewing.
On Friday, February 21, the TEAMS staff sent an invitation to all TEAMS users to participate in additional Adobe Connect sessions. On Tuesday, February 25, 2014, a special TEAMS 101 session will be presented for schools that are just beginning to input data to the Teacher/Class screen. On Wednesday afternoon, February 26, from 1-4 pm, the staff will provide a session that will focus on specific issues on a timed schedule so that users can tune in for only the topics they need to view. This type of session will be repeated on Thursday morning, February 27, from 8-11 am.
Each of these sessions will be available for viewing on the TEAMS website after the sessions have aired. The link for the session schedule and all other technical assistance is at http://www.opi.mt.gov/Reports&Data/Teams.html#gpm1_2.
For more information, contact Teri Wing, 406-444-4436
Career Technical and Adult Education
CTE Spring Data Collection OPENS March 1
The Career and Technical Education (CTE) Spring Data Collection begins March 1, 2014, and ends April 30, 2014. This AIM collection asks schools to identify all 12th grade high school students who were enrolled at any point during the current 2013-2014 school year who meet the definition of a CTE Concentrator. CTE Concentrators are 12th graders who have earned three (3) or more credits in any CTE program in any combination during their years of high school. Currently enrolled courses count towards credits earned. CTE Concentrators must have the 'Concentrator' box checked and an 'Area of Concentration' entered into the AIM/Infinite Campus data system. If the student has a child or shares the parenting of a child, the 'Single Parent' box should also be marked. High schools who receive funding from the Carl D. Perkins federal grant program must complete this Spring Data Collection.
Instructions for completing the CTE Spring Data Collection can be found on the AIM webpage as well as inside the 'Data Collections' tab on the Secondary CTE webpage located here: http://opi.mt.gov/programs/CTAE/CTE.html#gpm1_6
Questions regarding this data collection should be directed to the AIM Helpdesk at 1-877-424-6681 or email email@example.com. Questions regarding CTE programs and/or the Carl D. Perkins federal grant program should be directed to Diana Fiedler.
For more information, contact Diana Fiedler, Accountability Specialist, 406.444.9019
Big Sky Pathways and Dual Enrollment Workshop
Academic teachers, career and technical education teachers, and administrators are encouraged to participate in this important workshop. You have two date options: April 29th, 2014 or April 30th, 2014 at the Holiday Inn in Bozeman. Carl D. Perkins grant funds will be available to schools that would like to apply for a grant to cover/offset staff’s attendance costs (lodging, mileage, substitutes, and per-diem at state rates). The deadline to apply for a grant is March 17,2014. Grant application forms and additional information are available at the following link:
http://mus.edu/BigSkyPathways/default.asp . OPI Renewal Credits will be offered (8). Please bring your folio number.
For more information, contact David Hall, 444-0608
Content Standards and Instruction
Professional Learning Planning with the MCCS Liaisons
CSI and the OPI MCCS Liaisons would like to invite superintendents to take advantage of support for 2014-2015 professional learning planning. Liaisons are knowledgeable about available MCCS professional learning resources and are prepared help superintendents to identify resources that will meet the needs of their schools. If you are interested in meeting with a Liaison to receive this support during your 2014-2015 professional learning planning please contact Colet Bartow, firstname.lastname@example.org, 406-444-3583. Colet will connect you with the MCCS Liaison who is closest to your district.
For more information, contact Colet Bartow, 4064443583
Educational Opportunity and Equity Division
2014 Title I Conference
Registration is now open for the 2014 OPI Title I Conference. This year's conference will be held in Billings, MT, at the Holiday Inn Grand hotel. The dates are April 23-24, 2014. Registration for the conference is $125 which includes a light, continental breakfast and full lunch each day. This year's keynote address will be by Aric Bostick, nationally known motivational and educational speaker. Registration for the conference will close April 16, 2014. A block of rooms has been set aside at the hotel for the conference. If you have further questions, please contact the Title I unit at the OPI.
For more information, contact Shawna Pieske, 4064445660
Health Enhancement and Safety
Team Nutrition and Farm to School
Although it is quite wintry outside, it is a great time to grow Farm to School programs in Montana. Now is the time to start planning school gardens, local purchasing, National Farm to School Month celebrations, and farm field trips. There are many great opportunities to provide inspiration and get your projects ready for spring. The Office of Public Instruction with Montana Team Nutrition Program encourages you to check out:
Wellness Grants including Farm to School Programs
Montana Team Nutrition is pleased to announce the 2014 School Wellness in Action Mini-Grant Program designed to support Montana school districts in putting their school wellness policies into action. This funding opportunity is designed to help create sustainable school environments that encourage healthy food choices and physical activity throughout the school day, including school garden and farm to school programs. Applicants can apply for up to $2000.00 per mini grant. Applications are due March 14, 2014. The link to the application is: http://www.keysurvey.com/f/585794/ab40/
Nutrition Education Workshops
This two-part course will provide you with knowledge and tools to incorporate nutrition education across the 5-8 grades curriculum (math, science, language arts, health) with links to the Common Core Standards. Explore how to use nutrition, food, and technology to motivate your students to use critical thinking skills in making healthy food choices. Healthful snacks will be part of the class agenda and teachers will receive ready to use curriculum resources. April 2nd and April 9th, 2014, 4:00 – 7:00 pm, Location to be determined.
Beef to School
Schools are making great strides purchasing local beef. Multiple partners including National Center for Appropriate Technology, Office of Public Instruction, Montana Team Nutrition Program, and many others are supporting Beef to School projects through the newly formed Montana Beef to School Coalition. These partners as well as ally organizations will be researching and promoting successful strategies for Beef to School procurement. Stay tuned for more information: opi.mt.gov/FarmtoSchool
For more information, contact Aubree Roth, 994-5996
Developing a School Food Safety Plan - HACCP Workshop
All school food service programs participating in the National School Lunch and Breakfast Program are required to implement a School Food Safety Plan based upon Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP). This free professional development workshop will provide participants with the materials and expertise to develop a School Food Safety HACCP plan. The workshop is intended for school food service managers who are responsible for HACCP implementation. All participants must be ServSafe certified (8-hour course) within 5 years prior to taking this HACCP class. A list of ServSafe classes offered in Montana is available:
ServSafe Trainings Scheduled in Montana, 2014
The OPI will offer two regional offerings of this School HACCP workshop (March and fall 2014), instead of a pre-conference session at the annual Montana School Nutrition Association (MTSNA) meeting.
Registration information accessible at http://www.opi.mt.gov/Programs/SchoolPrograms/School_Nutrition/index.html#gpm1_2
For more information, contact Molly Stenberg, 406-994-7217
East Helena Schools Celebrate Healthier US School Challenge Award
Eastgate School and Radley Elementary School have joined the ranks of only 32 other schools in the state of Montana to receive silver level national recognition in the USDA’s HealthierUS School Challenge program. The HealthierUS School Challenge program recognizes schools that are creating healthy environments by promoting excellence in nutrition and physical activity. http://www.fns.usda.gov/hussc/healthierus-school-challenge-index
To qualify for the Silver Award, East Helena Elementary School District submitted a detailed application documenting adherence to the HealthierUS School Challenge criteria for their lunch menus, nutrition education, opportunities for physical activity, and a local school wellness policy. The district’s school food service received $2000.00 award money from USDA and recognized their staff at a February School Board meeting with Superintendent Juneau in attendance.
For more information, contact Montana Team Nutrition, 406-994-7217
Registration is open for Montana DRIVE Summer Workshops
This summer, spend a day at the Montana DRIVE closed driving track in Lewistown to practice safe driving maneuvers that will make you more confident and skilled behind the wheel. Learn how to control a vehicle in critical driving situations and recover safely when a wheel drifts off road.
The course is designed for all types of drivers. School and transit bus drivers, heavy equipment drivers, state and federal workers, EMS and first responders, and individuals wanting to improve their driving skills take the workshop each summer. Special teen workshops are offered July 28, 29 and 30 and State Farm Insurance has again provided $200 scholarships to teens who apply and pay a $80 fee.
One college credit is available from MSU-Northern for teachers who write a short paper on the experience and stay an extra day to student teach.
Visit http://www.montanadrive.mt.gov to select a workshop date and then email or call OPI to register. The workshop fee is $315 per driver ($10 early registration discount if registered by March 5). Call (406) 444-4432 or e-mail MontanaDRIVE@mt.gov.
For more information, contact Patti Borneman, 406.444.4432
Register now to attend the 2014 Montana Traffic Education Conference
The 2014 OPI/Montana Traffic Education Association Conference is April 27-29, 2014 at the GranTree Inn in Bozeman. Mike Tooley, director of the Montana Department of Transportation, will give the opening keynote about Montana and the Toward Zero Deaths campaign to address ways to reduce highway traffic tragedies. Teens in the Driver Seat, Rural Traffic Safety Culture, and Reducing Impaired Driving are other topics to be presented.
Beginning at noon on Sunday and ending at noon on Tuesday, the conference gets rolling with roundtable discussions on a variety of traffic education topics. Sessions on in-car lessons and the revised Montana Teen Driver Education curriculum will be provided by OPI and Montana traffic educators. Our friends at the Department of Justice Motor Vehicle Division will give updates on the GDL and Cooperative Driver Testing Program (CDTP), and train educators needing the initial or refresher six-hour CDTP training. A pre-conference workshop on Saturday, April 26, will again be offered by Journeys From Home: Road Ready, Middle School Bike Workshop for one college credit.
The conference agenda will be finalized soon. Details can be found at http://wwwMTEAOnline.org or the OPI website.
For more information, contact Patti Borneman, 406.444.4432
Professional standards for school nutrition program personnel
The proposed rule on Professional Standards was announced at the end of January http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-02-04/pdf/2014-02278.pdf
This proposed rule would establish minimum professional standards for school nutrition personnel who manage and operate the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. The proposed rule would also institute hiring standards for the selection of State and local school nutrition program directors; and require all personnel in these programs to complete annual continuing education/training.
To be assured of consideration, written comments on this proposed rule must be received by the Food and Nutrition Service on or before April 7, 2014.
Submit comments at http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments.
For more information, contact School Nutrition Programs, 406-444-2501
School Wellness in Action - Mini grants
Montana Team Nutrition is pleased to announce the 2014 School Wellness in Action Mini-Grant Program designed to support Montana school districts in putting school wellness policies into action. School wellness policies focus on improving students' health through increasing access to healthful food and beverage choices, nutrition education, and opportunities for regular physical activity. This funding opportunity is designed to help create sustainable school environments that encourage healthy food choices and physical activity throughout the school day. School districts must participate in the National School Lunch or Breakfast Program to be eligible for this mini-grant program. Applicants can apply for up to $2000.00 per mini grant. The grant cycle is from June 1, 2014 through August 31, 2015. The submission deadline for this application is March 14, 2014. Recipients of the mini-grants will be notified by the end of April, 2014. Projects must be completed and funds spent by September 30, 2015.
The link to the application is: http://www.keysurvey.com/f/585794/ab40/
For more information, contact Katie Bark, 406-994-5641
Summer Food Service Sponsors
Is your school district interested in serving meals to children this summer? The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) reimburses schools and organizations that prepare and serve meals to eligible children during the summer. Previous sponsors can update applications from April 2- May 5, 2014. New sponsors need to apply by May 19, 2014.
For more information, contact Sofia Janik, 406-444-2521
Take time for school breakfast!
March 3-7, 2014 is the time to celebrate National School Breakfast Week. Get ideas on how to promote breakfast at www.schoolnutrition.org/nsbw.
For more information, contact School Nutrition Programs, 406-444-2501
2014 School Health Profiles is In Progress
Questionnaires for the 2014 School Health Profiles (Profiles) were mailed to principals and health teachers at Montana middle and high schools in early February. The period for returning the questionnaires to the Office of Public Instruction (OPI) extends until March 31, 2014. Thus far, about 35 percent of principals and teachers have returned the questionnaires which provide statewide data on the status of school health programs and policies, and health education implementation. The Profiles is a biennial survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) through a cooperative agreement with the OPI. Previous Montana Profiles reports are available at www.opi.mt.gov/shp. Your participation in the Profiles is greatly appreciated.
For more information, contact Susan Court, 406-444-3178
Fort Peck Names Project
The Indian Education Division will be sending the Fort Peck PlaceNames: Building Worldviews Using Traditional Cultures, a secondary level interdisciplinary unit to all public Montana High Schools in March 2014.
For more information, contact Julie Mitchell, 444-0754
Indian Ledger Art Exhibit
Be sure to see the Ledger Art exhibit on display until April 3 at Gibson Square in Great Falls, Montana.
"Conflict, Courtship, Ceremony, and the Chase: Renowned Ledger Artists From Across the Nation” brings together a group of award-winning, contemporary Native American ledger artists from around the country, showcasing a transitional era in Native American art and history at the turn of the 20th century.Read more at http://www.pepionledgerart.com/news.html.
For more information, contact Julie Mitchell, 444-0754
Measurement and Accountability
AIM Test Window Collections
There are three student data collections that start in March. Districts should verify their data for each collection by the ‘due date’ specified in the ‘AIM Data Collection Schedule’. Please refer to the reference guide links provided for each collection.
Please note: There has been an update to the AIM Data Collection Schedule for the ‘end date’ of the Spring CTE Collection to be 4/30/14. Follow this link to view the AIM Collection Schedule:
AIM Collection Schedule.pdf
In addition to these three data collections it is also important that districts check their Special Ed. Data now and make sure all COMPLETED IEPs are LOCKED. This needs to be done by no later than March 7th as, OPI staff will be using this data as part of a snapshot process.
A) The Test Window Program Participation Collection: From Monday, March 3rd - Friday, March 21st.
Districts should verify the following data items for this collection as of 3/11/14:
Enrollment: especially entry and exit dates
Programs: Migrant, LEP, Meal Status, Homeless, Title 1, Gifted & Talented, 21st Century, Immigrant, 504, SES, Foreign Exchange
Follow this link to view the reference guide:
Test Window Program Participation Collection.pdf
B) The Test Window Attendance Collection: From Tuesday, March 11th - Friday, March 21st
Districts should verify their aggregate hours and absence data for all students enrolled on 3/11/14. Follow this link to view the reference guide:
Test Window Attendance Collection.pdf
C) The Spring CTE Collection: From Monday, March 3rd - Wednesday, April 30th.
Districts should identify their twelfth grade CTE Concentrators and enter concentration area data. Follow this link to view the reference guide:
Spring CTE Collection.pdf
Here are some additional reminders:
Aggregate Hours update for districts using AIM ‘MT Edition’ – OPI staff will be uploading the Aggregate hours for those districts that gave OPI permissions earlier in the year.
Aggregate Hours update for districts using AIM/Infinite Campus as their Student System – These districts can use the process referred to ‘method #4’ on the ‘Test Window Attendance’ quick reference guide.
Montana Youth ChalleNGe – students should be enrolled in the appropriate grade level and a record entered on the ‘Flags’ tab indicating the Start Date of the Youth ChalleNGe program. If the student has left the Youth ChalleNGe program, the district needs to end the record on the Flags tab. Students at the Youth ChalleNGe program should have full-time aggregate hours indicated in their enrollment.
Montana Digital Academy – students enrolled ONLY in MTDA courses should have the hours calculated as if the student were in an equivalent district course (DO NOT INCLUDE PASSING TIME). Example: One MTDA math course = 1 district math course (55 minutes per class x 180 days = 165 hours or N: 0-179 Aggregate Hours).
For more information, contact AIM Help Desk, 1-877-424-6681
Upcoming Election Deadlines:
Friday, March 7th: If the district requested a mail ballot election by February 25th – Mail ballot election plan/timetable/sample instructions must be received by the Secretary of State’s office no later than Friday, March 7th (note, this is the received by date – not the postmarked by date – information may be faxed, mailed or emailed).
Thursday, March 27th: Trustees must pass a resolution calling for an election. The resolution must include the date of the election, the purpose of the election, the polling locations and the times the polls will be open. Levy amounts may be set later (not less than 25 days prior to the election).
Friday, March 28th: The last day for trustee candidates to withdraw from an election (a statement of withdrawal must be sent to the election administrator).
Tuesday, April 1st: Last day for districts to file resolutions for school election with the county election administrator
Friday, April 4th: Deadline to notify election judges of appointment. It is recommended that you notify judges as early as possible so that replacements may be obtained if necessary. Election judges must meet the training requirements set by the Secretary of State’s office (see their website for additional information: http://sos.mt.gov/).
Monday, April 7th: Voter registration closes for school elections. Contact the county election administrator for the biennial absentee ballot list
For more information, contact Nicole Thuotte, (406) 444-4524
FY 2013 Federal A-133 Audits Due March 31, 2014
A-133 "Federal" audits for FY2012-13 are due to the OPI by March 31, 2014. This affects districts and cooperatives that spent more than $500,000 of federal money (including USDA commodities) during FY2012-13.
For districts and cooperatives that spent less than $500,000 of federal funds and received more than $500,000 of revenue under all sources during that year, audits for FY2012-13 are due June 30, 2014.
For more information, contact Steve Hamel, (406) 444-0783
FY 2013 Salary and Compensation Expenditure Reporting
The deadline for submitting the FY 2013 Salary and Compensation Report to OPI was December 16, 2013. Thank you to the 341 school districts and special education cooperatives that have submitted this report. If your district is one of the 90 school districts or special education cooperatives that has not submitted the information, please complete the task as soon as possible. The information is necessary in order to comply with the Transparency and Public Availability requirements pursuant to 20-7-104, MCA. Salary and Compensation Expenditure reports may be accessed at the following link: CLICK HERE
For more information, contact Steve Hamel, (406) 444-0783
FY 2014 First Semester Transportation Claim Forms Due
As of February 15, 2014, school districts should have electronically submitted their first semester transportation claim forms TR-6 Bus Route Reimbursement and TR-5 Individual Transportation Contract Reimbursements to the OPI online Pupil Transportation Program. In addition, a hard copy of each claim form, signed by the board chair, should have been sent to the county superintendent.
By February 22, 2014, the county superintendent must electronically authorize each district’s TR-5 and TR-6 for the first semester.
Upon receipt of the electronic claims and authorization, OPI will verify and disburse the approved amount of state reimbursement for first semester transportation. Payments will be made on March 28, 2014.
Upon receipt of the electronic state payment report, the county superintendent orders the payment of the county reimbursement for first semester transportation on the basis of the state reimbursement.
For more information, contact Donell Rosenthal, (406) 444-3024
FY 2015 Indirect Cost Rate Applications Now Available
Districts that plan to charge indirect costs (e.g., general administration, accounting services, and personnel services) to FY 2015 federal and state grant awards using an indirect cost rate must complete an indirect cost application form. Application for an indirect cost rate does not increase the amount of the grant award.
Indirect Cost Rate Application forms and resources for FY 2015 are now available on the OPI website.
Indirect Cost Rate Cover Letter (please read):http://www.opi.mt.gov/pdf/SchoolFinance/Acct/CoverFY2015.pdf
Indirect Cost Rate Instructions: http://www.opi.mt.gov/pdf/SchoolFinance/Acct/IndirectInstruction2015.pdf
If you intend to reclassify costs to adjust your indirect cost rate, please read the indirect cost rate instructions carefully. For your convenience, costs that may be reclassified are highlighted in blue. We have also created a reclassification calculator to assist in the determination of your adjusted indirect cost rate. The calculator is located at the following link: http://www.opi.mt.gov/pdf/SchoolFinance/Acct/FY15IDCCalc.xlsx
Schedule A, which shows preliminary rates: http://www.opi.mt.gov/pub/index.php?dir=School%20Finance/ApprovedIndirectCost/ScheduleA/ScheduleAFY15/
The Certification forms are located at: http://www.opi.mt.gov/pub/index.php?dir=School%20Finance/ApprovedIndirectCost/Certificates/CertificatesFY15/
For more information, contact Debbie Casey, (406) 444-3096
FY2014-15 Preliminary General Fund Budget Data Sheets
The OPI School Finance Division will post FY2014-15 Preliminary General Fund Budget Data Sheets and the updated General Fund Budget Excel Spreadsheet by March 1st. The budget data sheets reflect the basic and per-ANB entitlement rates shown in 20-9-308, MCA and special education instructional block grant and related services block grant rates.
The Preliminary Budget Data Sheets will be available at the following link: CLICK HERE
The General Fund Budget Excel Spreadsheet will be available on the OPI School Finance website at the following link: http://opi.mt.gov/Finance&Grants/schoolfinance/Index.html#gpm1_5
(Note: Once available, please download this current version of the spreadsheet to your computer (right-click on the link and choose "Save Target As" to save it to your desktop.) Previous versions of the spreadsheet are no longer applicable for preliminary budget purposes.
Other resources posted on the website:
FY2014-15 General Fund Overview and Worksheets
FY2014-15 Budget Limitation Summary
For more information, contact Dennis Clague, (406) 444-1960
Other Education News
2014 Notary Conference April 4 & 5, 2014
Secretary of State Linda McCulloch is hosting the 2014 Montana Notary Conference, April 4-5, at the Red Lion Colonial Hotel in Helena. The conference offers offers school business managers and educators a unique opportunity to earn continuing education credits while networking with notaries in legal, financial, medical, accounting and educational professions. Registration includes six sessions with nationally recognized notary experts, and a guest presentation by North Carolina Secretary of State, Elaine Marshall. With over twenty options, participants have the flexibility to choose the seminars that will benefit them the most.
Sessions will address topics such as:
Basic and advanced notary skills
Notary law and ethics for legal, financial and medical professionals
New regulations that directly impact notaries in the real estate and financial industries
Special requirements for notaries working in hospitals and other institutions
Prevention of financial exploitation of the elderly
CFPB requirements for independent signing agents and notaries in financial institutions
Notarizations of documents being sent to foreign countries
Notarizations of Montana motor vehicle titles
Income opportunities for notaries
Continuing education credits have been approved by the State Bar of Montana for lawyers and paralegals, the Office of Public Instruction for educators, and the Montana Board of Public Accountants for CPAs. A two-part session that fulfills the mandatory training requirements for new notaries will also be available. Registration is $100.
To review the conference agenda and register for the conference, go to http://sos.mt.gov/Notary/Conference/index.asp#learn.
For more information, contact Lori Hamm, 406-444-5379
Presidential Awards for Excellence in Math and Science
Do you know a great Montana science or math teacher, teaching in grades 7-12, with 5 or more years of professional teaching experience? Do you think that person should get some special recognition for their expertise and dedication to student learning? Would that person mind receiving a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation, along with an expenses-paid trip to DC to meet with other awardees and attend math and science professional development opportunities?
If your answer is yes to the questions above, please consider taking a few minutes to nominate that person for the 2013 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). In addition, please share this important nomination information with your staff and colleagues and encourage them to make nominations as well. To nominate a teacher for the award simply go to the following website and fill out the short form. http://www.paemst.org/controllers/nomination.cfc?method=nominate
To see a detailed description of the PAEMST award, click on the “About the Awards” tab on the website.
For more information, contact Marco Ferro, 447-1462
AISES Region 1 Annual Conference
The American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) Region 1 Conference is set for April 4-5, 2014 at Montana Tech in Butte. The mission of AISES is to substantially increase the representation of American Indians and Alaskan Natives in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) studies and careers. The conference offers quality training for high school and college students DARING TO DREAM!! Take advantage of this opportunity to interact with people from different industries, get to know other students who are a part of AISES, enjoy educational panels, and bring your research for the Poster Session for a chance to share the hard work you've done. For more information and registration, please visit http://www.cvent.com/events/aises-region-1-annual-conference/event-summary-6558f165636f4cfb98747a4c19f5ce20.aspx.
For more information, contact Paul Nepine, (406) 422-3951
Earth Science Workshop
DST and Associates is offering its popular 4-day Earth Science & Me workshop for Montana educators on July 14-17, 2014. To see all the details for the workshop, check out the link: http://www.opi.mt.gov/pdf/Scholarships/14BrochureEarthScience.pdf
For more information, contact Dave Scott, 303-902-8918