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Superintendent of Schools - FAQs

Q: How are we different than Missoula County Public Schools?

A: Missoula County Public Schools is a public school district. Our office is a county government office of an elected official.

Q: Who has authority over the school districts?

A: The Board of Trustees of each district sets policies. The Montana State Office of Public Instruction approves a school's accreditation status.

Q: How many school districts are in Missoula County?

A: 13.   See our list of School Administrators.

Q: How many students are enrolled in Missoula County school districts?

A: 2014: 13,518.   Enrollment

Q:  Sunset School, in school year 2011-12, had only one child enrolled and the school stayed open.  Why would a school stay open with only one student attending?

A. Example:  If Sunset School closed, the district would be absorbed by either Potomac or Seeley Lake and taxpayers would be paying significantly more than what they pay now per $100,000 of residential property. See the matrix below:
                    Mills (FY11/12)           $ tax/$100,00 value               Relative difference

Sunset         51.47                         $81.48

Potomac      130.04                        $205.86                      130.04/51.47=2.53 or 253%
Seeley         112.04                        $177.36                      112.04/51.47=2.18 or 218%

Q: What records does the county superintendent maintain?

A: Refer to Recordkeeping.

Q: How can your child attend a different school district?

A: Call the district of choice and ask if they take out-of-district students. If the answer is "yes", there may be a tuition charge.

Q: What's the difference between school districts and attendance areas?

A: Attendance areas are boundaries located inside a large school district; e.g. MCPS, District 1

Q: How can I find out what school district my children will attend?

A: Call our office at 258-4860. 

Search by Home Address using Attendance Locator:

Search using County's Property Information System;

Q: Why doesn't the bus come to my house?

A: By law a school district is only obligated to transport students who live three or more miles from the school.

Q: What is the phone number for Adult Education?

A: (406) 549-8765.

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