Are you interested in financially supporting Bozeman School District students and programs at no net cost to you? If so, please consider making a donation through the Innovative Educational Program Tax Credit program available through the State of Montana. Through this program, donations to the Bozeman School District made after January 1, 2024 are eligible for a dollar-for-dollar credit against Montana state income taxes for the 2024 calendar year.
To qualify for the credit, District staff must register all program donations in the state’s online portal. The Montana Legislature made only $5,000,000 in credits available to all Montana Public School districts, and credits are distributed on a first-come-first-served basis. This year, the portal will open at 10am on Wednesday, January 17, 2024, and District staff can enter donations until the statewide allocation has been claimed. Last year, the statewide cap was $3,000,000, and it was exhausted soon after the portal opened.
The income tax credit is equal to the amount of the donation, up to $200,000. Should your donation not be registered before the $5,000,000 in credits are claimed, you may either have the donation returned or be claimed as a standard donation, subject to charitable tax deductions to the extent allowed by law and tax status.
Please consider making a gift of significance to BSD7 through this program. The District will have a team ready to enter every gift received when the portal opens.
Please contact Mike Waterman (email@example.com) or Lacy Clark (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions or to facilitate a donation. They can be reached by phone at 406-522-6045. Additional information is also available from the Montana Department of Revenue’s program website here. Checks can also be delivered to the business office at the Willson Administration building at 404 West Main Street, Bozeman, MT, between the hours of 9 and 4pm.
Thank you for your support of the Bozeman School District. It is community support like yours that allows our students to flourish in an ever-changing world and achieve their personal best.
December 28, 2023 - For Immediate Release
Bozeman Public Schools Announces Nonresident Open Enrollment Process for the 2024-2025 School Year
The 2023 Montana Legislature passed HB203 which opens nonresident enrollment across Montana’s public schools. The application process for nonresident families wishing to attend a BSD7 school for the 2024-2025 school year is now open. To provide families with a streamlined application experience, interested nonresident students (K-12) are invited to submit their enrollment applications by January 31.
The application review process prioritizes the quality of education for residents, children of District employees, and siblings of current nonresident students. The Board of Trustees will take action on submitted applications during a regularly scheduled meeting in February, 2024. Late applications may be considered under extreme circumstances at the discretion of the Superintendent. The Board's decision ensures that approved nonresident students will be placed in schools by August 15, 2024.
The District emphasizes a commitment to nondiscrimination and aligns its approval decisions for nonresident students with the Long Range Strategic Plan. For more information and to initiate the enrollment process, please visit https://www.bsd7.org/our-district/enrollment and click on the 2024-2025 Nonresident Enrollment dropdown menu.
For questions please contact Spree Hinks at 406-522-6003 email@example.com. Bozeman Public Schools exist to provide an outstanding education that inspires and ensures high achievement so every student can succeed and make a difference in a rapidly changing world community.
Casey Bertram, Superintendent
Per HB 549, the Board of Public Education is required to hold an interview and allow public comment on all public charter school applications. The Board will hold a special virtual meeting on November 30, beginning at 8AM, to meet these requirements. Each applicant will have a total of 20 minutes (5 minutes of introductions and explanation of the executive summary, 10 minutes of Board questions, 5 minutes of public comment). Please find the times scheduled for the two charter school applications from Bozeman Public Schools.
9:30AM BOZEMAN BRIDGER CHARTER ACADEMY
9:50AM BOZEMAN CHARTER SCHOOL (BoCS)
The Board will accept virtual and written public comment on each application. For those wishing to give virtual public comment, please contact bpe.mt.gov to request the zoom link for the meeting. For those wishing to share written public comment, please submit comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
November 29, 2023 - For Immediate Release
During their regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, November 28, the Bozeman City Commission voted unanimously to appoint current BSD7 Trustee Douglas Fischer to the City Commission to fill a vacant position previously held by I-Ho Pomeroy. As a result, Trustee Fischer formally resigned from the Bozeman School Board via a letter to district officials and board leadership effective November 29, 2023.
Bozeman Public Schools is incredibly grateful for Trustee Fischer’s years of dedicated service to the District. Fischer was in his third term on the Bozeman School Board, and shared the following comments in his resignation letter, “Serving on the board has been an extraordinary honor…I have learned many lessons during my time as a trustee that I hope to take with me to the City Commission. Thank you for the opportunity to serve.”
As Superintendent I will certainly miss Trustee Fischer’s commitment to the success of all students, his engagement and focused/thoughtful questions and feedback, as well as his amazing collection of bow ties. The City of Bozeman is fortunate to have such a high-caliber and caring individual serving in the role of Commissioner.
BSD7’s Board Chair Greg Neil shared the following thoughts, “Trustee Fischer is a perennial community servant, and it was an honor to serve with him on the Bozeman School Board. He has been a champion of public education in Bozeman for many years and we wish him well as he steps into the Bozeman City Commission. We look forward to maintaining and enhancing our working relationship with the City of Bozeman and newly appointed Commissioner Fischer. Thank you Douglas, for all you did for Bozeman’s kids.”
Board Vice Chair Tanya Reinhardt shared these thoughts, "Douglas has been an integral part of the Bozeman School Board for nearly a decade. While we will greatly miss him at the board table, we recognize the City Commission is gaining a great listener who is well-versed on finding solutions to challenging problems and building consensus around solutions. I am excited for the Bozeman City Commission. They are getting a great teammate in Douglas."
By state law, the Bozeman School Board has 60 days to fill the Trustee vacancy. The District will be advertising the application process on their website and the anticipated timeline for filling the open position early next week. It is likely that the Board will take action on the appointment in January 2024.
Casey Bertram, Superintendent
On January 9, 2023 the BSD7 Board of Trustees unanimously approved the superintendent recommendations to reduce the K-12 budget deficit in Bozeman Public Schools. Those final recommendations as well as a supporting presentation with important background information on the changing landscape for public education in Montana are below.
Click HERE for the Approved Elementary Recommendations
Click HERE for the Approved High School Recommendations
Click HERE for the Superintendent's Board Presentation
Thank you for your continued support of Bozeman Public Schools!
Casey Bertram, Superintendent