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Montana’s Summer Celebration of Educational Leadership!!

Lakeside on Hauser
Sponsored by MREA and MCS During SAM’s Administrators Institute
July 29, 2014

A Chance to “Kick Back”, Network and Visit with Your Colleagues in an informal setting… which is one of THE MOST Important Aspects of Effective Educational Leadership!

I’m convinced that the power of “networking” and visiting with our fellow Montana administrators in an informal setting is tremendously underestimated as we honestly consider the development of the attributes, skills and knowledge of the effective school leader!   These “informal events” and settings  also provide another invaluable opportunity as we prepare for another legislative year here in Helena…the chance to better understand the perspectives of other educational groups and individuals before the beginning of the 2015 Legislative Session and what these upcoming state-level policy decisions will mean for K-12 schools across our state.

As you can see from the details below, this event will provide an incredible opportunity for Montana Educational Leaders from ALL SCHOOLS large and small!  I hope you will make every effort to attend….you just might find it more enlightening and valuable in your career as a school leader than what you heard “from 8 to 5”!!

Dave Puyear
MREA Executive Director


DATE/TIMES: Tuesday, July 29th    5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Montana’s Summer Celebration of Educational Leadership

  • Sponsored by MREA and MCS
  • During the SAM Summer Administrators Institute

SAM Meetings – Helena Great Northern Hotel (downtown)

  • MREA Celebration-Lakeside on Hauser Lake (10 miles East on York Rd)
MUSIC:   Tucker Down!!”…one of Montana’s VERY BEST classic rock/country bands
FOOD/DRINK: Lakeside’s burgers, chicken, fish….great selection of beer and wine
RECREATION: Boating, volleyball, horseshoes, 500 Ft. of sandy beach, huge bonfire pit, RV spots, HUGE grassy areas with picnic benches
TRANSPORTATION: MREA/MCS will provide bus shuttle service to downtown hotels for all those attending


Click Here to Register for Only the Summer Celebration on July 29th at Lakeside on Hauser!!

Click Here for SAM's Administrators Institute Registration Information!


MTSBA Joins forces with MREA to Save School Districts Money on Purchases

Helena, June 9, 2014:  MREA and MTSBA announced a new partnership in expanding access to MREA’s Montana Cooperative Services (MCS) purchasing program today.  The success of MCS over the last ten years has been compelling, helping school districts across the state enjoy tremendous savings on a wide variety of goods and services used in our public schools.  Those savings have in turn allowed many school districts to redirect resources that had previously been paid out in profits to third parties toward increasing student achievement.

This new partnership makes it possible for EVERY SCHOOL DISTRICT IN MONTANA to be part of these savings as you purchase products and services used every day in school buildings across the state at the lowest price available in Montana.  MCS has accomplished this success and with the resulting huge savings to our Montana schools as part of the national “AEPA”…the Association of Educational Purchasing Agencies.  Through AEPA, MCS here in Montana combines forces with education advocates in twenty-five other states as we go out to bid in demanding the very best prices for all of our schools on thousands of common products and services that our schools purchase every year.  MCS takes care of all of the state laws and the tremendous time involved in  dealing with state and federal bidding requirements…your school district then reaps the benefits of nationally leveraged pricing with all of these contracts awarded right here in Montana.

When your school makes a purchase through MCS your school is guaranteed the very best price available on QUALITY products or services that have met all of our rigorous national AEPA specifications.  You have the full backing of both MCS here in Montana and AEPA on the national level should you have problems with these vendors or services.  In addition to these local benefits for your district, your membership organizations receive a small service fee that is included in your savings that we use to expand and improve services and advocacy for our members before the Montana Legislature. 

If your school district has already joined MCS for the upcoming 2014-15 school year we want to thank you…you are now part of a much larger effort to save Montana schools even more money!  If your school district has NOT joined MCS we hope that you will join this statewide effort now supported and recommended by both MREA and MTSBA!


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