SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 684 Chester MT 59522
New Office Hours: Wednesday & Thursday – 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Friday – 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Rachel Ghekiere, former Liberty County Superintendent of Schools, resigned and is continuing her teaching career at the Sage Creek Colony School. Kathy Armstrong was appointed by the Commissioners as her replacement. She was sworn in on Tuesday, September 2, 2014. Kathy’s name will be on the November ballot.
The Superintendent’s office operates within a set of legal rules and regulations which affect the entire processes of public schools. it has access to the Office of Public Instruction (OPI) for the implementation and interpretation of any rules.
Annual Budget Process
Of primary concern to taxpayers, and to the operation of each school district, is the annual budgeting process. This office reviews the district levy requirements for each fund that is included in each district’s final budget. in filing the final budgets and reporting the approved computations to the County Commissioners, the county levies are usually signed the last Monday in August. The signed budgets are then processed at the Office of Public Instruction in Helena.
Inclusive in the levy process is the computation of district needs for elementary and high school transportation, elementary retirement and high school retirements. This process usually begins in March and the culmination of this project is with the signing of the budgets. Each month thereafter, distributions are made to each district for their portion of the required transportation and retirements funds. The retirement obligations are compiled by each separate district and forwarded to this office in calculating the levies.
A county transportation committee meets annually to approve/amend each of the routes for each school district. Route changes during the school year must also be approved by this committee. The committee consists of a representative from each district, a county commissioner, and the county superintendent who serves as chairperson. individual pupil transportation contracts are also included in these calculations. Mileage, days of use, and bus capacity of each route are essential in determining the funding requests of each district. Reimbursements consist of matched amounts between the county and the state. These monthly payments are adjusted and distributed through this office.
Certificates for each year are registered and monitored by the Superintendent’s office.
Bus Driver Certificates
Certificates for each year are registered and monitored by the Superintendent’s Office.