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The RSA Mission
The Rural Schools Association, is a statewide organization, representing the interests of, initiating research for, and providing service and information to the small and rural school districts of New York State.
What is the Rural Schools Association of New York State [RSA]?
The Rural Schools Association is a statewide, member driven organization dedicated to representing the interests of small and rural school districts in New York State. Approximately 300 school districts and BOCES units are currently enrolled as members of RSA. In addition to the financial support provided by RSA members, supplemental assistance is given by the Department of Education, New York State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell University, in the form of office facilities, utilities, clerical assistance, and the use of equipment.
Development of RSA
The Rural Schools Association was founded in 1978 following a statewide conference sponsored by the Council on Rural Education and the Rural Regional Education Association (now NREA) to consider the special concerns and needs of the rural and small school districts of New York State.
Upon recommendation of conference participants, the New York State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell University, agreed to provide housing, financial assistance, liaison and supervision for the program. The RSA office has been assigned responsibility to serve the rural and small school districts of this state -- a state containing one of the largest rural populations in the nation. A significant percentage of the student population of this state is enrolled in rural or small school districts.
Goals and Objectives
The Rural Schools Association is governed by a Board of Directors representing ten zones within the state. Each zone selects delegates to represent its specific region. Additional members are appointed by organizations affiliated with RSA, and up to five members may be selected at-large. Currently, some forty delegates comprise the board.
The Board of Directors meets three times annually. Executive and ancillary sub-committees are appointed to provide guidance and management assistance to the RSA Executive Director.
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