Our Organizational Mission


The Association of Illinois Rural and Small Schools (AIRSS) gives identity, voice and recognition to rural and small schools and their local communities.  AIRSS is the only statewide organization that helps promote and enhance education in rural and small schools in every community and location in Illinois.


Our Goals​

  • ADVOCATE – To advocate for better policy to improve the quality of life (the Rural Advantage) unique to rural and small communities while preserving local control.

  • VOICE -To provide advice, counsel and testimony to governmental agencies, private entities and members of the Illinois General Assembly, the Executive branch and federal legislators on all matters concerning education in rural and small schools.

  • ACCESS – To elevate teachers and students access to quality educational opportunities in all Illinois rural and small schools.



Horrabin Hall #115G

Macomb, Illinois 61455



PO Box 292

Carmi, IL 62821

Executive Director

Dave Ardrey

Phone: 618.924.8218

Email: execdir@airssedu.org 

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