Our Kids.

Our Educators.

Our Community.

Our Mission

The mission of the Big Sky Public Education Support Fund is to enhance the quality of life and well being of our public school teachers and staff through direct community support. By engaging directly with our local public school teachers and staff, the Big Sky Public Education Support Fund can provide financial assistance to offset the high cost of living, expand opportunities for participation in local recreation activities, and decrease the cost of continued professional development.

Why Is There A Need?

According to the NEA (National Education Association), the average teacher starting salary for Montana teachers in 2023 was $33,568, putting us #51 in the nation, behind every state and the District of Columbia.. Despite this low pay, our public school educators contend with a cost of living comparable to cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York City. The Big Sky Chamber’s recent Cost of Living Analysis (comparing the cost of groceries, housing, healthcare, transportation, and misc. goods and services) found that that it costs 79.8% more to live in Big Sky than the average American city. This high cost of living results in long commute times (78% of Big Sky’s workforce commutes from at least 40 miles away), the inability of these folks to enjoy and participate in our beautiful area, and the regular loss of talented and motivated teachers and staff.

How We Are Helping Our Public Educators and Staff

Housing Subsidy Raffle

Full-time teachers and staff that have served the district for at least three years and meet financial and housing criteria will be eligible for a quarterly raffle in which the Big Sky Public Education Support Fund will make one monthly mortgage or rental payment on behalf of the winner. As the program grows, we hope to be able to provide additional support allowing teachers and staff to comfortably live in and around Big Sky.

Continuing Education Grants

Full-time teachers and staff that have served the district for at least three years are eligible to apply for grants to support short- and long-term continuing education opportunities. Grant recipients will commit to remaining in the district for at least one year after the completion of their course of study

Community Support

The Big Sky Public Education Fund is working with local businesses to increase the availability and decrease the cost of participation in the activities that drew many of us here. If you are part of a local business that would like to enhance the lives of our public school teachers and staff, please reach out to us today!

Helping Big Sky’s Educators Since 2022

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