Colstrip School District - Make Dust or Eat Dust!

Our Values

Loyalty, Trust and Respect

We believe that mutual loyalty, trust, and respect amongst key stakeholders (students, staff, board, and community) are vital to the success of our students.


Responsible Citizenship

We believe that it is important to prepare students to be cognizant of and to be positive contributors to all levels of society.


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Stable, Positive, Safe and Healthy School Climate

We accept, appreciate and embrace the uniqueness of all people. We also believe that school safety and security, including but not limited to the physical, emotional and psychological safety, is a high priority for our students, staff and community.


Shared, Ethical Leadership

We believe that community involvement and support are essential to the achievement of our goals and the success of each student..


Our Community

Colstrip is a wonderful town with many opportunities for individuals, families and children of all ages. A large variety of recreational offerings, great school system, cultural events, headquarters of the four county economic development group, Southeastern Montana Development Corporation, excellent medical facilities and staff and a vibrant agricultural community make Colstrip a unique place to live and work. 

Boating, fishing, picnicking and more happen at Castle Rock Lake.  There is a well-developed and maintained trail around the lake offering year round walking, cycling or fishing access.  A challenging, well-groomed and maintained nine hole golf course and a fully equipped recreation center offering year around classes taught by highly trained staff, an outdoor pool with waterslide and a newly constructed Splash Park. All of these community amenities are available free of charge to residents of Colstrip. 

Colstrip has one of the most extensive and well developed park systems in the state with over 30 parks and 20 miles of paved pathways.  Colstrip has received the Tree City USA award for several years running and was honored as Sports Illustrated's 50th Anniversary Sportstown in Montana.

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School District

Colstrip Public School District #19 is a Nationally Accredited School System that is home to the Colts and Fillies. It is made up of one high school, one middle school and one elementary.  The District provides one-to-one computers for its students as well as the latest technology and programming for teaching and learning. One of the District mantras is “Make Dust or Eat Dust” as the school system encourages students and staff alike to get out in front and take the lead.

Colstrip Schools also provide Home Court Advantage which results in safety, support and belonging for students and staff. The District schools have been very successful when it comes to academics, athletics and activities. The Colts and Fillies have won a number of district, divisional and state championships and awards. Our schools are a place where everyone works hard with a focus on its outcomes.

If you are looking for a place to belong and succeed, Colstrip Schools may be right for you. 


Insurance: Offerings of High and Low Deductible Health Insurance Plans with Health Insurance Saving. District provides $40,000 Life Insurance.

Facilities: Colstrip is a Class “B” District with exceptional facilities. High School: All Weather 9 Lane Track; Indoor Pool, Gymnasium that seats 2,050; Auditorium that seats 550; Middle School.

Coaching Positions Available Grades 6-12

Starting Salary: $42,472.00 (0 years experience) - $69,652.00 (MA 20 with 10 years experience). NOTE: Accepting up to 10 years experience in all 9 salary lanes.

Job Opportunities

Classified Employment Opportunities

2024-2025 SY

Non Affiliated


Extra Curricular Activity Sponsors / Coaches Positions Available

Substitutes Needed

.. email: Ryan Pedraza

Sub Classroom

Sub Bus Drivers for Routes and Activities

Sub Custodians

Sub Food Service Worker


  • Application Hard Copy

  • Application Fillable Once you open the form you may have to download it.

  • Also include a cover letter, 3 letters of reference, resume and proof of credentials

Requirements for Montana Class 2 Educator Licensure

**If you should have any questions please contact the state at 406-444-3150

If you have any questions please contact:

Ryan Pedraza

Human Resource Generalist