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Nebraska Rural Community Schools Association

455 S 11th St, Suite B

Lincoln, NE 68508


Dr.Jon Habben, Executive Director

Phone: (402) 440-4378

Fax: (402) 476-7740




NRCSA - Who Are We?

The Nebraska Rural Community Schools Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the needs of rural schools and communities. Since 1981, NRCSA has been committed to protecting the well-being of public education and implementing its mission of providing quality education for all children.


NRCSA is an Association consisting of 194 school districts and ESU's in Nebraska working together to support and promote quality educational programs for students in rural Nebraska. Through our members NRCSA serves the interests of over 74,000 children in 88 counties and 24 legislative districts.



NRCSA Programs and Services

The Nebraska Rural Community Schools Association offers programs to aid schools and improve the quality of education for all children in Nebraska.

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NRCSA USBank OneCard Program


The Nebraska Rural Community Schools Association has a purchasing card program for school districts. Nebraska school districts can now choose the convenience of a card program that unites the power of a purchasing card, a corporate card, and a fleet card.

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Scholarship and Award Programs


Each year NRCSA honors excellence in member schools through a series of scholarships and awards. This year NRCSA will give $15,000 in scholarships to deserving students to help them pursue careers in education and fine arts.


NRCSA will also recognize outstanding leadership, character and contributions made by personnel from member schools and educational service units through a series of seven (7) awards. The awards include: Outstanding Superintendent, Outstanding Principal, Outstanding Board Member, Outstanding ESU Staff Member, Outstanding Elementary Teacher, Outstanding Secondary Teacher, and the Gary Fisher Outstanding Music Teacher.


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Superintendent Search Service



NRCSA operates the Superintendent Search Service as part of our commitment to maintaining the vitality of rural schools and communities.


Finding the right Superintendent for your rural school and community is one of the most important tasks a Board of Education will ever undertake. Fortunately, you can have a partner at your side with more than 30 years experience in serving the needs of rural community schools. The NRCSA Superintendent Search Service is here to assist boards of education with every step of the search process. Visit the Search Service Experience page to read what those who have used the service are saying about it.

Pilot Programs



Board and Administration Planning Services is ready to pilot and schedule a two meeting planning session. If you are interested in this planning support and wish to help NRCSA pilot this process, Give Jon Habben a call or text at 402.440.4378 or an email at jhabben@nrcsa.net to get started. We have four consultants ready to go.




2016-17 NRCSA Scholarships & Awards

Each year NRCSA honors excellence in its member schools with a series of scholarships and awards. This year NRCSA will present a total of (16) $1,000.00 scholarships to deserving students of NRCSA member schools.


A total of 14 NRCSA Scholarships will be awarded to graduating seniors looking to pursue careers in education. At least one scholarship will be awarded within each of NRCSA's six districts, with the remaining distributed on an at-large basis. In addition, two (2) Gary Fisher Fine Arts Scholarships will be awarded to students planning to pursue a career in fine arts.


In addition to the scholarships, NRCSA will also present a series of awards to honor excellence, leadership, and character in promoting rural education. Awards presented include: Outstanding Superintendent or ESU Administrator, Outstanding Principal, Outstanding Board Member, Outstanding Secondary Teacher, Outstanding Elementary Teacher, Outstanding ESU Staff Member, and Outstanding Music Teacher (in honor of Gary Fisher). In addition, one of the three teachers chosen to receive a NRCSA Award will be nominated by NRCSA for the Monsanto National Rural Teacher of the Year Award. As a state affiliate of the National Rural Education Association (NREA), the NRCSA nominee will automatically be qualified as a semi-finalist for the National Rural Teacher of the Year Award and as such becomes the only nominee recognized from the state.


The scholarships and awards will be presented during the NRCSA Spring Conference, March 23 & 24, 2017 in Kearney. The application dealine is February 10, 2017. Scholarship and award nomination forms are available through the links below. Each form contains all of the instructions neceeasry to complete applications and/or make nominations.


2016-17 Scholarship Forms


NRCSA Scholarship Form


NRCSA Gary Fisher Fine Arts Scholarship Form


2016-17 NRCSA Awards Forms


Outstanding Superintendent or ESU Administrator 


Outstanding Principal 


Outstanding Board Member 


Outstanding ESU Staff Member 


Outstanding Elementary Teacher 


Outstanding Secondary Teacher 


Gary Fisher Outstanding Music Teacher




Upcoming Events


 NRCSA Legislative Committee Meeting: January 24, 2017, at the NCSA Building in Lincoln


NRCSA Legislative Forum: February 22,2017, at the Cornhusker Hotel in Lincoln


NRCSA Scholarship & Recognition Committee Meeting: February 22-23, 2016, in Lincoln


NRCSA Spring Conference: March 23 & 24, 2017, at the Holiday Inn in Kearney


NRCSA Joe Toczek Golf Tournament: July 25, 2017, at the Meadowlark Hills Golf Course in Kearney




Buy, Sell, Trade

NRCSA members may advertise jobs or items for sale. This service is completely FREE OF CHARGE to NRCSA members. E-mail jbundy@nrcsa.net if you would like to post something. Postings wil remain in place for one (1) month, but may be resubmitted if additional time is needed.



 Heartland Community Schools


Heartland Community Schools has the following items for sale:

130 student desks
8 filing cabinets
3 miscellaneous steel cabinets 4 computer carts
25 student chairs
5 miscellaneous tables
40 chair/desk combinations
5 old art tables
20 stools from art room


If interested contact:

Brad Best
Superintendent, Heartland Community Schools
Ad posted 11-4-16


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