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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!

2022 Annual Report
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There is no doubt that all roads lead to advocacy, and AIRSS must continue traveling with that end in mind. Board members will come and go, you will have another Executive Director (your 5th in some 40+ years), but the need for advocacy will go on forever and the journey will not end.

Read more in our annual report.

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