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.
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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.
Recent News - AIRSS Announces Partnership with Miss Illinois
Miss Illinois 2019 Ariel Beverly and the Association of Illinois Rural and Small Schools have joined forces to advocate for increased access to arts and general education in Illinois schools. Beverly, who grew up in East Moline, is a former high school art teacher who recognizes the important role that arts education plays in young people’s success. The overarching goal of her reign as Miss Illinois is to have at least one arts education teacher in every school.
With that goal in mind, Beverly and the Association of Illinois Rural and Small Schools (AIRSS) will be working in tandem to raise awareness of the needs of rural schools across the state.