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Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction

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Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2014 FY Budget:  $885,904,775
Term limits:  Two terms in any 16 year period
Structure
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  Montana Constitution, Article VI, Section 1 the Executive Department
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

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Name:  Denise Juneau
Officeholder Party:  Democratic
Assumed office:  January 2009
Compensation:  $104,635
Elections
Next election:  Term-limited
Last election:  November 6, 2012
Other Montana Executive Offices
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The Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction is an elected state executive position in the Montana state government.

The Superintendent serves as head of the Montana Office of Public Instruction, whose mission statement is to provide "vision, advocacy, support and leadership for schools and communities to ensure that all students meet today's challenges and tomorrow's opportunities."[1]

Current officeholder

The current officeholder is Denise Juneau (D). She was elected in 2008 and re-elected in 2012.

Authority

The state Constitution addresses the office of superintendent of public instruction in Article VI, the Executive Department.

Under Article VI, Section I:

The executive branch includes a governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general, superintendent of public instruction...

Qualifications

A candidate for superintendent of public instruction must be:

  • at least 25 years of age or older at the time of election
  • a citizen of the United States
  • have resided within the state at least two years at his election
  • have such educational qualifications as are provided by law

Elections

Article VI of the Montana State Constitution stipulates that the superintendent of public instruction is a publicly elected official who serves a term of four years. This statewide officer will, according to Article IV, Section 8, have served in that office or had he not resigned or been recalled would have served in that office 8 or more years in any 16-year period.

2012

See also: North Carolina lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2012

Incumbent Denise Juneau (D) narrowly defeated Sandy Welch (R) to win re-election in the November 6, 2012 general election. The race initially went to a recount, but Welch dropped it due to the cost.

Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDenise Juneau Incumbent 50.2% 235,397
     Republican Sandy Welch 49.8% 233,166
Total Votes 468,563
Election Results via Montana Secretary of State.


Vacancies

Details of vacancies are addressed under Article VI, Section 6.

If the superintendent of public instruction's office is vacant due to death, resignation, or disability, the Governor shall appoint a new superintendent of public instruction.

Duties

The state Constitution addresses the duties of the superintendent of public instruction in Article VI, Section 4.

Under Article VI, Section 4(5):

The superintendent of public instruction and the auditor shall have such duties as are provided by law.

Divisions

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State budget

The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction's budget for fiscal year 2014 was $885,904,775.[2]

Compensation

The state Constitution addresses compensation of executive officials in Article VI, Section 5.

Under Article VI, Section 5(1):

Officers of the executive branch shall receive salaries provided by law.

In 2010, the Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction was paid an estimated $104,635 according to the Council of State Governments.[3]

Historical officeholders

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Contact information

The Montana Office of Public Instruction
Post Office Box 202501
Helena, MT 59620-2501

Phone: 406-444-3095
Toll Free: 888-231-9393
Email: OPISupt@mt.gov

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