Welcome to AIRSS.

Welcome to the AIRSS (Association of Illinois Rural and Small Schools) web page. The Association was chartered in 1987 with the purpose of presenting a unified effort to promote educational excellence in rural and small schools in Illinois. In 1994, LOCON (Local Control) merged with and became an affiliate of AIRSS to solidify us as the ONLY statewide organization that helps to promote and enhance education in rural and small schools in every community and location of Illinois.

 

Our emphasis is to give identity, voice and recognition to rural and small schools and their local communities.

 

We are here for you!

Monmouth TARTANS, Students Share
Monmouth TARTANS, Students Share

At a recent Rural Schools Collaborative visioning and planning meeting held at Monmouth College students from the TARTANS rural teacher corps program shared experiences from the program and answered questions from a national audience of rural educators.

AIRSS and Miss Illinois
AIRSS and Miss Illinois

AIRSS is excited to announce this partnership. Click to read more. Photo Credit: Samantha McCann Photography.

On his recent visit to “The Hill” AIRSS Executive Director David Ardrey and first term Congressman Mike Bost share a lighter moment as they discuss issues that impact our rural communities and schools.

Monmouth TARTANS, Students Share
Monmouth TARTANS, Students Share

At a recent Rural Schools Collaborative visioning and planning meeting held at Monmouth College students from the TARTANS rural teacher corps program shared experiences from the program and answered questions from a national audience of rural educators.

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Recent News - Rural Illinois School Receives National Blue Ribbon Award

The Association of Illinois Rural and Small Schools is proud to join the United States Department of Education in recognizing New Simpson Hill School District 32 as a National Blue Ribbon School – located in rural Tunnel Hill, IL.

Grant Opportunity:
Rural Schools Innovation Grant
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The Compeer Financial Fund for Rural America and the Rural Schools Collaborative are pleased to announce a new grant partnership. The Rural Schools Innovation Grants program is available to rural school communities that are located within Compeer's designated 144 county region throughout Illinois, Minnesota, and Wisconsin (see map). RSC and Compeer are accepting applications through May 15, 2021.

Our Partners

Opportunity from Southern Illinois Community Foundation

Thanks to a generous donor, Southern Illinois Community Foundation and the United Way of Southern Illinois are pleased to offer a limited quantity of hand sanitizers for free to schools and nonprofits in Southern Illinois.

 

We will keep the request portal open until all hand sanitizer has been distributed.  You may request up to 25 cases in the first round. Beginning on May 13th, all remaining unclaimed cases will be awarded to those entities that indicate they will take more than 25 cases.

 

Each case has 6 bottles of 8 fluid oz. All distributions will be on a first requested first filled basis!

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