Pennsylvania Association of Rural and Small Schools

Frequently Asked Questions

We are here to help you find solutions to the unique needs of your small, rural district. We know you’ll have questions, and we’ve got the answers! And of course, we’re always happy to help—just give us a call.


What are the benefits of becoming a member of PARSS, and what services do you offer?

When your district joins PARSS, your small or rural school becomes part of something big. You become part of a body capable of standing up for and fighting for the rights of our schools and children. PARSS members also benefit from a variety of services we offer, including professional development, superintendent and administrative search services, and access to experts with the understanding and know-how required to accomplish and achieve goals in the unique rural setting. Learn more about our member services, then join with us in making a difference.

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How do I enroll my district for membership?

Welcome to the PARSS family! Our Membership page has the instructions and forms required to join our ranks.

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How much does it cost to be a member?

We have three membership categories: School District, Educational Associate, and Business Associate. Learn more about these options and the associated fees and requirements on our Membership page.

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What does Professional Development include?

We offer a standard set of professional development workshops, tools, and services. We are also happy to tailor workshops to your specific needs. Visit our Development page to fnd out more.

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When and where do you meet?

We meet five times during the school year, including an annual retreat every April. Our meetings take place at the Ramada Inn located in State College. Visit our Governing Board page and mark your calendar with our meeting dates. We look forward to seeing you!

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