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A letter from Mr. Mark Thane, Superintendent of Missoula County Public Schools to the community.

Dear MCPS Family:

On Tuesday, June 25, 2019, the Missoula County Public Schools Board of Trustees approved boundary changes for the Jeannette Rankin, Chief Charlo, and Russell school areas. The new boundaries help alleviate overcrowding and leveling at Jeannette Rankin Elementary. Simply put, some children who attend Jeannette Rankin will attend Chief Charlo and Russell Elementary schools next year.

If your student is designated to change schools next year due to these boundary changes, you should know that the District will allow current Jeannette Rankin students (including Kindergarten students registered before July 1, 2019) to remain at Jeannette Rankin until they leave 5th grade. The district will also allow the younger siblings of current Jeannette Rankin students to attend Jeannette Rankin, as long as their older sibling is still attending the school at the time the younger sibling starts. Transportation for all grandfathered students/siblings will discontinue at the end of the 2020-21 school year. After that point, the district will not be able to provide special bus routes for “grandfathered” students.

Families that are impacted by the boundary changes will receive forms in the mail that will allow them to confirm their interest in taking advantage of a “grandfathering” option or in attending their new neighborhood school. These forms must be returned by July 11, 2019.

There are no other schools experiencing boundary changes for the 2019-20 school year.

In the 2019-20 school year, MCPS will complete a boundary study on our three middle schools and three urban high schools. During that study, additional elementary boundary changes may be considered.

We anticipate that any additional boundary changes adopted during the 2019-20 school year will go into effect in the 2020-21 school year.

If you have any other questions, please email Tracy Long, Superintendent’s Office Specialist, at or give her a call at 728-2400 ext. 1026.


Mark Thane, Superintendent

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