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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 189 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 70,000 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.
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.
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.
Superintendent Search Service
NRCSA operates the Superintendent Search Service as part of our committment 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.
Board and Administration Planning Services is ready to pilot and schedule two or three dates, one district each. The plan is to use Keith Rohwer as lead and NRCSA consultants in support to begin the process of providing this type of planning assistance. Once we have done this, NRCSA consultants will provide the support for future planning requests. By using this process, board and administration are able to be fully engaged in the tasks at hand. The process can include patrons and parents, as well. This is not a process to plan reorganization. The pilot cost is $400 for up to four hours, plus mileage for one consultant. Support consultants (in training) are covered by NRCSA. 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 email@example.com to get started. We have five consultants ready to go.
Global Speech Teletherapy is available in Nebraska, through NRCSA, to assist districts facing Speech and Language therapist shortages to meet their students' needs. Global will tailor their services to district needs and work out a contract for services with the district. Global has reached out to many states who have National Rural Education Association affiliated associations, such as NRCSA. Global is serving rural districts in Ohio, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, New York, Arkansas, and now Nebraska. They have an approved Nebraska state rate, work to use Nebraska S/L licensed therapists for Nebraska districts, work within the district IEP plans, and work within and provide all information to the local Special Education or ESU SPED director, whomever is the case manager. They will also arrange to cover for leaves of absence, short or long term. This could be a solution that helps a district provide the speech and language services needed. Give Jon Habben a call or text at 402.440.4378 or an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to get started. We will get you connected to Global.
2016 NRCSA Scholarships & Awards
Each year NRCSA honors excellence in its member schools through a series of scholarships and awards.The scholarships include both the NRCSA Scholarships and the Gary Fisher Fine Arts Scholarships. This year a total of 13 $1,000.00 NRCSA Scholarships will be awarded to graduating seniors of NRCSA member schools planning to pursue a career in education. There will also be 2 $1,000.00 Gary Fisher Fine Arts Scholarships for graduating seniors planning to pursue a career in fine arts.
The application forms for these scholarships are available through the links below. The guidelines and rules for submissions are included within the forms. The deadline for submitting materials is February 11, 2016.
2016 NRCSA Scholarship Form (MS Word 2007 Document)
2016 Gary Fisher Fine Arts Scholarship Form (MS Word 2007 Document)
NRCSA Executive Committee Nominations
Nominations are now being accepted for five Executive Committee positions: President-elect, Secretary, Southeast District Representative, Northeast District Representative, and West District Representative.
The President-elect serves three years, beginning with the office of President-elect, then President, and serves as Past President the third year. The person elected for this position will begin his/her term on August 1, 2016. This is a statewide position and all NRCSA member school districts are eligible to vote on this position. A President-Elect is elected each year.
The Secretary serves three years. The person elected for this position will begin his/her term on August 1, 2016. Dr. Jamie Isom is completing her second term and is not eligible to run again. This is a statewide position and all NRCSA member school districts are eligible to vote on this position.
The person elected to the Southeast District Representative position will serve a three-year term. Charles Isom, in the Southeast District, is completing his first term and is eligible for a second term. District representatives must be employed by a NRCSA member school within the NRCSA district they are being nominated to represent, when nominated and during their term of office.
The person elected to the Northeast District Representative position will serve a three-year term. Jason Dolliver, in the Northeast District is finishing Greg Sjuts term and is eligible for his own first term. District representatives must be employed by a NRCSA member school within the NRCSA district they are being nominated to represent, when nominated and during their term of office.
The person elected to the West District Representative position will serve a three-year term. Dr. Caroline Winchester, in the West District, is completing her first term and is eligible for a second term. District representatives must be employed by a NRCSA member school within the NRCSA district they are being nominated to represent, when nominated and during their term of office.
To be nominated for any appointed (Legislative Committee and Scholarship & Recognition Committee) NRCSA position, one must be currently, and during the term of service, employed as a superintendent of a NRCSA member school district. Nominations for appointed positions can be made to the Committee co-chairs or to the Executive Director. Every effort is made to have all six districts represented on each committee.
Superintendents may self-nominate or have someone nominate them for Executive Committee positions. If you nominate someone else, whether by mail or from the floor, be sure to have their permission and their commitment to serve. You may nominate by mail to Dr. Jon Habben, and that nomination will be brought to the floor, or nominations may be made from the floor at the NRCSA Spring Conference General Membership Meeting. Ballots will be distributed electronically within two weeks of the end of the Spring Conference to each voting school district. One vote is permitted per member school district per office.
A map of the NRCSA Districts as well as a list of members from each district is available on the website: www.nrcsa.net. Again nominations are open as of February 1, 2016 and will close at the March 17 General Membership Meeting held during the NRCSA Spring Conference, March 17 & 18, 2016, in Kearney.
2016 Executive Committee Nomination Form (PDF Document)
NRCSA Legislative Committee Meeting: February 1, 2016, at the NCSA Conference Room in Lincoln
2016 NRCSA Legislative Forum: February 16, 2016, at the Cornhusker Hotel in Lincoln
NRCSA S&R Committee: February 16-17, 2016, in Lincoln
NRCSA/REL Central Team Meeting: February 23, 2016 at the Holiday Inn in Kearney
2016 NRCSA Spring Conference: March 17 & 18, 2016, at the Holiday Inn and Convention Center in Kearney
2016 NRCSA Golf Tournament: July 26, 2016, 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 email@example.com 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.