The remaining appointments to the 16-member School Funding Interim Commission have been finalized. The commission is composed of Senators Elsie Arntzen, R-Billings; Tom Facey, D-Missoula; Kristin Hansen, R-Havre; Mary Sheehy Moe, D-Great Falls; Matthew Rosendale, R-Glendive; and Lea Whitford, D-Cut Bank; and Representatives Jeff Essmann, R-Billings; Don Jones, R-Billings; Kathy Kelker, D-Billings; Debra Lamm, R-Livingston; Edie McClafferty, D-Butte; and Susan Webber, D-Browning. The four public members are former legislator Dave Lewis of Helena; Aidan Myhre, chair of the Helena Public Schools Board of Trustees; Patricia Hubbard, chief financial officer of Billings Public Schools; and Renee Rasmussen, superintendent of Bainville Public School.
The commission has scheduled its first meeting for September 23 in room 137 of the Capitol beginning at 8 AM. The School Funding Interim Commission was created by SB 128 and fulfilled an existing statutory requirement that the legislature, at least every ten years, authorize a "study to reassess the educational needs and costs related to the basic system of free quality public elementary and secondary schools."
For more information on the commission’s activities and upcoming meeting, visit the commission’s website or contact Pad McCracken, commission staff. Interested parties can sign up for commission email updates here.
Commission Website: www.leg.mt.gov/sfc
Commission Staff: firstname.lastname@example.org or 406-444-3595