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Pennsylvania Association of Rural and Small Schools


To accomplish our mission of ensuring a quality education for all of Pennsylvania’s children, we must unite in purpose. As a collective of rural, small, and severely underfunded schools, we have power when we speak with one loud voice. Stay informed about the issues you need to know about when you connect here with us.

American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief

This week’s volume of ESSER/GEER Extra includes: a reminder of the deadline for submission of ARP ESSER 7% set-aside applications; a list of upcoming Q&A sessions on learning loss and construction; a link to U.S. Department of Education (USDE) guidance on supporting student mental health; and several FAQs regarding the LEA’s role in monitoring construction performance, the consequences of supplanting with ESSER funds, and the use of ESSER funds for paving projects.


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2022 Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to Teacher of the Year, Mr. Anthony Honeycutt! Pictured from left to right are Dr. Albert, Dr. Orner, Mr. Anthony Honeycutt, and Superintendent John Hansen of the Northwestern School District.

Group of four adults next to Mr. Anthony Honeycutt
Impacts of Inadequate State Funding Press Conference

Education advocates from the PA Schools Work campaign held a press conference on the capitol steps in Harrisburg to highlight the unacceptable reality facing school districts across the state – Pennsylvania ranks 45th out of 50 states in state share of revenue for school districts, resulting in inadequate and inequitable state funding. For more information on this event, see the PA Schools Work press release.

Welcome to Our Newest PARSS Members!

We extend a big welcome to our newest PARSS members!

  • Chartiers-Houston School District
  • Millersburg Area School District
  • Riverview Intermediate Unit 6
  • Southern Columbia Area School District
  • Southmoreland School District
  • Tussey Mountain School District

We are excited to have you join us!

Congratulations PARSS 2021 National Blue Ribbon School Award Recipients

We would like to congratulate the PARSS 2021 National Blue Ribbon School Award recipients.

  • Cambria Heights School District: Cambria Heights High School
  • EverettArea School District: EverettArea High School
  • Fort LeBoeuf School District: Fort LeBoeuf High School

Way to go!

2021–2022 PARSS Memberships are Due

A special thank you to our members who have already paid for their 2021–2022 membership! If you have not paid yet, please do so. You can send payment to Jon Rednak at 1508 Emerson Drive, Mount Joy, PA 17552. If you have questions about membership, feel free to reach out by email to Dr. Joseph Clapper, assistant executive director.

Opposition to House Bill 1254

Please take a moment to read the letter to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives regarding house bill 1254. We very strongly oppose house bill 1254 and what it will cost our school districts if it passes. For more information, please see the two documents below.

2021–2022 Budget Webinar Recording

Please take a moment to review our 2021–2022 budget presentation and webinar recording.

Website Accessibility

PARSS is committed to providing a positive experience for all users. We are in the process of making changes to our website to ensure it complies with Section 508 and WCAG 2.0 success criteria. In the meantime, please let us know if you experience any barriers while visiting our site.