(1) The schedule for paying for individual and isolated (or "increased") transportation or for room and board in lieu of bus transportation is found in 20-10-142 , MCA. This section establishes the amount of individual payments to parents for transporting their children to school (if they reside in an area not served by a school bus) or to a bus stop.
(2) Section 20-10-142 , MCA, authorizes the board of trustees and the county transportation committee, subject to written approval by the Superintendent of Public Instruction, to alter or increase the payments to a family if, because of isolation, the schedule is inadequate. This "increased" payment (also called "isolated" transportation) is 50% of the authorized amount. All isolated ("increased") transportation must be approved by the county transportation committee prior to approval by the Superintendent of Public Instruction.
(3) In cases where the family must move and maintain two households or where the family must board the student near the school, the family may be eligible for the room and board rate of $12.95 per day for the first child and $8.40 per day for each additional child. All contracts for room and board reimbursement must be approved by the county transportation committee prior to approval by the Superintendent of Public Instruction.
(a) If there is more than one eligible transportee of the same household, and the eligible transportees attend schools operated by more than one school district, the rate of $12.95 per day shall be paid to the district enrolling the student with the highest grade level. Additional reimbursement will be at the rate of $8.40 per day per student.