Services Offered by TREA Sponsors at no cost:
- Member of the Powell & Leon, L.S.P. – this includes an attorney on call function for the school district. A telephone call to Powell & Leon will get you an answer to a legal question immediately. There is no charge unless legal research is required.
In addition, 3 hours of Board Member training credit is provided to the school district at no charge.
Staff training on current legal issues is available at a very low cost to TREA Member school district.
- Risk Management Coopertaive (RMC) As a TREA member you are eligible to participate in the TREA RMC to obtain Property and Casualty, Liability and Worker Compensation. Through the Cooperative, members can keep their expenses for this coverage lower.
- Free Comprehensive Financial Analysis of a school district by Oppenheimer including demographic projections. This benefit is available to a member superintendent to utilize when looking at their own district or at another when considering a move. Could be used as an interview asset as well.
- Free review of school district’s outstanding debt by Live Oak Public Finance to research opportunities to reduce tax rates through debt consolidation or refinancing of current debt and a review of various financing options available to schools for needed projects. Live Oak will also provide free Continuing Disclosure Services for those who are required to submit them
- KLC Video puts 1% of invoice purchases by a TREA member into the TREA Scholarship fund.
- Gallagher Construction Company provides a free facility assessment to any TREA member school district. The assessment includes an evaluation of the facility’s life span, accessiblity, general building conditions and a long-term maintenance plan for the districts continued use.
- Annual Members dinner during the Mid-Winter Conference for TREA Member Superintendents and their invited Legislators.
- Networking with Rural superitnendents – TREA offers rural superintendent a networking opportunity with others throughout the state through conferences and ESC contracts.
- Scholarship opportunities for students who attend member school districts. Each year TREA provides a minimum of 25 scholarships of $1500 each to students. TREA also pays for the hotel room for recipients to attend the awards banquet at our Summer Conference.
- Representation on rural issues at both the state and federal levels. TREA has a strong network of superintedents who testify on key issues at both the Texas Legislature and with the National Rural Education Association Coalition in Washington. In addition, TREA employs the services of a skilled representative (usually a retired Legislator) to contact key decision makers to ensure they get the message about the unique needs of rural schools. This is financed through our rural school-business coalition.
- Summer Conference for rural educators and school board members – This is the only conference of its kind in Texas. The confernece presents opportunities for administrators, teachers and school board members to address uniquely rural issues and network with rural educators at all levels.
- NREA – TREA is an affiliate of the National Rural Education Association (NREA). When a district joins TREA they also become a voting member of NREA. TREA is also a member of the NREA Coalition. We work with 23 states on rural issues and advocate for their needs at the Federal level. We have been effective in maintaining the REAP program, e-rate program and other issues vital to our rural schools. NREA publishes a journal of rural school research, The Rural Educator, which is sent to its members quarterly.
CTE FND: This template can be used to calculate Career Technology Funding for your school district. Using different scenarios, an administrator can calculate how their decisions regarding these programs could affect their state CTE revenue
Contact: Bill Chapman at Bill@ctefnd.com or www.ctefnd.com/
SINCE 1992 TREA HAS BEEN DEDICATED TO IMPROVING TEACHING AND LEARNING IN THE RURAL SCHOOLS OF TEXAS. WE DO THIS BY PARTICIPATING IN SMALL SCHOOLS COALITION (TREA, TACS, TAMS), WORKING WITH VARIOUS AD HOC GROUPS ON ISSUES THAT AFFECT OUR RURAL MEMBERSHIP, REGULAR COMMUNICATION DURING LEGISLATIVE SESSIONS TO KEEP MEMBERS INFORMED AND INVOLVED, AND WE UNITE AND MOBILIZE MEMBERS TO IMPACT LEGISLATION. WE ARE A TIGHT KNIT COMMUNITY OF EDUCATORS THAT RELY ON EACH OTHER AND OUR AFFILIATES TO CONSTANTLY IMPROVE AND ADAPT TO THE CHALLENGES RURAL EDUCATORS FACE.