WELCOME TO THE HOME OF
THE INDIANA SMALL AND RURAL SCHOOLS ASSOCIATION!
Join our efforts to provide voice specifically for small and rural schools in Indiana!
Through these pages and our website we hope you learn more of who we are and what the ISRSA is all about!
Congratulations to our
2017-18 Indiana Rural Teacher of the Year!
Mr. James Wildermuth – North Miami Middle/High School
The Indiana Small and Rural Schools Association is proud to announce and congratulate our 2017-18 Indiana Rural Teacher of the Year! During a surprise announcement at North Miami Middle/High School Wednesday afternoon, May 10, the ISRSA and our partner, Indiana Farm Bureau, announced the selection of Mr. James Wildermuth, Agriculture Teacher, as this year’s Indiana Rural Teacher of the Year! Mr. Wildermuth has been teaching for 17 years, with this his 4th year at North Miami Schools. Students from both the elementary as well as the middle/high school came together for the announcement program in the middle/high school gym. Mr. Wildermuth will go on to represent Indiana in the selection process of the 2017 the National Rural Education Association’s National Rural Teacher of the Year.
117th Indiana General Assembly Completes Business
In the early hours of the morning on April 22, 2017 the Indiana General Assembly completed its business. The House completed its business earlier about – 11:30 p.m., April 21, with the Senate adjourning just before 1;00 a.m. on April 22. All bills not signed during the Session will now go to the Governor for signature.
Here are links to several pieces of information which may be helpful to ISRSA members and those interested in bills affecting education that we followed in this budget-year Session:
To see any bill before the 117th General Assembly – CLICK HERE (Bills shown in blue completed the process)
Digest of 2017 bills followed by the ISRSA and which will become law with the Governor’s signature – CLICK HERE
Legislative Services Agency Run of School Funding Formula for 2018 & 2019 – CLICK HERE
Tim McRobert Report on Final Bills of the Session – CLICK HERE
Vacancy Notice: ISRSA Executive Director
Qualified candidates are being sought for the position of Executive Director to lead a growing organization that is comprised of 71 school corporations from across the State of Indiana. This position is designed to advance the policies and positions of this organization and advance the interests of small and rural schools in all public venues as directed by the Board of Directors. Primary to this mission will be communication to the membership and represent the organization in the halls of the Indiana General Assembly, with our lobbyists in Washington, DC, and represent the ISRSA as an affiliate organization of the National Rural Education Association.
This is a part-time position and blends well as a stand-alone or addition to another position.
Applications are due: June 15, 2017
For the full application package and more information, please CLICK HERE
Information on Application Process and Other Details for
FY 2017 REAP Project Grants
The US Department of Education has issued a letter with details on FY 2017 REAP Project Applications. The REAP Project provides eligible school districts across all states opportunities to apply for: Small, Rural School Achievement (SRSA) and/or Rural and Low-Income Schools (RLIS) Grants. A list of eligible school districts by states will soon be released on the REAP website.
To view and read the letter from Dr. David Cantrell, Group Leader for the REAP Project, please CLICK HERE
ISRSA 2016-2017 Indiana Rural Teacher of the Year
Honored by Indiana Lawmakers!
March 6, 2017
Our Indiana Rural Teacher of the Year, Miss Brenda Bowman, was recently recognized and honored on the floor of both the Indiana House and Senate by State Representative William Friend and Senator Randy Head. Members of both Chambers honored Miss Bowman by passing a Joint Resolution honoring her 33 years of work in education and her outstanding service to the student of Galveston Elementary and Southeastern School Corporation. Joining Miss Bowman at the Indiana State House were her principal and nominator for the Indiana Rural Teacher of the Year, Mr. Barrett Bates, and her superintendent, Dr. Tim Garland.
ISRSA LEGISLATIVE LUNCHEON
FEBRUARY 15, 2017
The Indiana Small and Rural Schools Association held its Fifth Annual Legislative Luncheon on Wednesday, February 15, 2017. This year, the ISRSA partnered with the North Central Indiana School Study Council, who joined in our day’s activities. We had a record attendance of 43 ISRSA members, guests and speakers along with 14 members of the Indiana General Assembly! Our thanks to presenters Denny Costerison – IASBO, Joel Hand – ICPE, Brian Smith – ISBA, and Tim McRoberts – ISRSA Legislative Liaison/ISPA, asn terry Spradlin, ENA. MCs for the pre-luncheon information session were John Hill – NCISSC and Scott Turney – ISRSA. Lawmakers later joined the group for lunch and discussions on rural educational topics pertaining to the 2017 Indiana General Assembly. Please see some pictures below of our activities at the Indianapolis Embassy Suites. The ISRSA and NCISSC thank our lawmakers for joining us, for their interest, and and listening!
2016 NREA ANNUAL
OCTOBER 13-15, 2016
WHAT ARE IMPLICATIONS FROM ESSA
FOR SMALL AND RURAL SCHOOLS?
AASA and the National Rural Education Advocacy Coalition (NREAC) work closely in Washington, DC.
Together, we lobby as a voice on federal issues for small and rural schools.
Please visit a new resource page on the AASA website, among which is a section on how ESSA will impact small and rural schools. Keep this website close, as this resource is a living document and will be up-dated, added to, and changed as new information on ESSA becomes available.
Access the website: Click Here
ISRSA 2016 ANNUAL MEETING
September 26, 2016
2016-2017 INDIANA RURAL TEACHER OF THE YEAR
MISS BRENDA BOWMAN
SOUTHEASTERN SCHOOL CORP. — GALVESTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Members of the Indiana Small and Rural Schools Association and Indiana Farm Bureau recently surprised our ISRSA 2016-17 Indiana Rural Teacher of the Year, Miss Brenda Bowman, with a visit and announcement in her home school of Galveston Elementary School. Miss Bowman is a 32 year veteran teacher, currently teaching 4th grade. Miss Bowman will receive a $1000 award from our partner Indiana Farm Bureau and will represent Indiana teachers as the ISRSA nominee for the NREA Monsanto Foundation Rural Teacher of the Year during the 2016 NREA Annual Conference on the campus of Ohio State University, October 13-15, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio.
(learn more about this conference by CLICKING HERE)
INDIANA UNIVERSITY PUBLIC POLICY INSTITUTE
MARCH, 2016, THRIVING COMMUNITIES, THRIVING STATE
“RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THRIVING RURAL COMMUNITIES”
Thriving Communities, Thriving State is a Policy Choices project of the Indiana University Public Policy Institute. Informed by a representative group of community leaders and other stakeholders, it explores state and local strategies and policies that can help Indiana communities of all sizes thrive and fulfill their critical roles in attracting businesses, new business investment, and workers to Indiana.
Instead of examining local issues on a one-size-fits-all basis, Thriving Communities, Thriving State frames Indiana’s changing demographic and economic realities for three kinds of communities:
• Rural/small town
To view the March, 2016, report on “Recommendations for Thriving Rural Communities” – CLICK HERE
Serving as a VOICE for Indiana Small and Rural Schools
The Indiana Small and Rural Schools Association, Inc. is a 501(c)4 Organization
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The Indiana Small and Rural Schools Association is an Affiliate Organization of the
National Rural Education Association