Perkins County Schools affiliates honored at annual conference
By Jan Rahn
Those from the area attending the Nebraska Rural Community Schools Association Conference (NRCSA) held recently in Kearney were proud to be affiliated with Perkins County Schools.
NRCSA recognizes excellence annually by presenting awards at the spring conference which was held this year from March 24-25. Outstanding administrators, board members and teachers in member schools were honored.
This year’s 2010-11 Outstanding Board Member award went to Marian Robertson of Elsie who has served on the board of education for schools in Perkins County for 34 years.
Glunz was lured to the conference under false pretenses and was very shocked to learn she was the recipient of the award. She was also surprised and pleased to have several family members in attendance who had traveled from near and far to celebrate with her.
Attention was also directed toward the school district at the opening of the conference when the high school jazz band performed.
The band was asked to perform based upon their reputation of high ratings at district, conference and state competition. The band opened the conference with a selection of songs along with “The Star Spangled Banner.”
The NRCSA was formed in 1980 by administrators from Class C and D school districts who saw the need for an organization dedicated to the interests of rural and small schools in Nebraska.
NRCSA has nearly 200 member schools and educational service units across Nebraska and represents over 60,000 students in the state’s school systems.
Purposes of NRCSA
1.To promote the general advancement of public education.
2. To provide a voice or direct influence for those specific concerns of rural schools which are not fulfilled directly by other organizations.
3. To provide, when necessary, a direct voice in legislative matters affecting schools.
4. To promote active involvement of rural community based schools in policies and programs of state and national educational organizations.
5. To serve as a liaison with the Nebraska Department of Education on issues concerning member schools.
6. To provide a forum for the discussion of contemporary issues.
7. To provide opportunities for recognizing and promoting quality rural education programs.
8. To recognize individuals who have demonstrated leadership in promoting quality rural education in Nebraska.
9. To work cooperatively with Nebraska teacher training institutions in the promotion of quality teacher and administrator training programs for rural Nebraska schools.
10. To adopt other purposes the executive committee and/or members of the association deem appropriate, always acting in compliance with the Nebraska Non-Profit Corporation Act and any other applicable laws.