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Benefits

‚ÄčMEMBERSHIP BENEFITS

Services Offered by TREA Sponsors at no cost:

 

We have over 30 business that offer a variety of services and benefits to TREA member districts.  Please check them out at www.txrea.com under the “Sponsors” tab and “Associates” tab. 

Powell, Youngblood & Taylor:   Your membership fee qualifies you to be enrolled in PYT’s Legal Service Agreement at no cost. This benefit means you have an attorney on call to answer legal questions at no additional cost to you. A telephone call to the PYT firm will provide you with an answer to a legal question immediately. There is no cost unless legal research is required.  Additionally, the law firm will provide you with 3 hours of Board Member training credit at no cost to you.  Staff training on current legal issues is also available to members at a very low cost.  Contact:   Blake Powell, bpowell@pyt-law.com 512-494-1177

Live Oak Public Finance offers a free review of member school district’s outstanding debt. They can provide you with options to reduce tax rates through debt consolidation or refinancing, as well as review financing options available to you for needed projects.  Live Oak Public Finance works with your community, staff, and school board well prior to bond elections. Contact: Christian Merritt, cmerritt@liveoakpf.com 512-726-5547

Gallagher Construction Co. provides a free facility assessment to any TREA member district.  This assessment includes an evaluation of the facility’s life span, accessibility, general building conditions, and a long-term maintenance plan for your continued use.  Contact:  Steve Risser, srisser@gallaghertx.com  512-618-0999

Friends of Texas Public Schools/Common Sense Communications offers a Public Relations program retainership for districts that are members of TREA and FOTPS.  Contact Scott or Leslie Milder, lmilder@fotps.org smilder@fotps.org 214-497-6411

KLC Video puts 1% of all invoice purchases by a TREA member into the TREA Scholarship fund. Their contributions have allowed us to increase scholarship amounts by $300 for the past two years. Rural students benefit from their contribution. Contact: Tisha King tishaking.klc@gmail.com 903-792-7262

TIPS:  The Interlocal Purchasing System is a purchasing cooperative that can save your district time and money in every aspect of school district procurement.  Contact:  Meredith Barton, Meredith.barton@tips-usa.com  903-575-2791

Superintendent Mentor Program:   If you are new to the superintendency, you must have a trained superintendent mentor who oversees your 36 hours of professional development and corresponds with you on a regular basis.   TREA has over 60 Superintendent Mentors across the state and in most ESC Regions.  Contact:  Bill Tarleton, btarleton@txrea.com 254-602-2056

Student Scholarship Opportunities are available to every graduating senior attending a TREA member district. In 2019 the association awarded 26 -$1800 scholarships.   The association also pays scholarship recipient lodging at the Summer Conference.

Summer Conference for rural educators and school board members:   This is the only conference of its kind in Texas.  The conference presents opportunities for administrators, teachers and school board members to address issues unique to rural Texas.  See www.txrea.com for dates and detail.

Advocacy:  Since 1992, TREA has been dedicated to improving teaching and learning in the rural schools of Texas.  We do this in a number of ways.  We work with other educational organizations, agencies, and legislators, on issues that affect our membership.    

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.  Contact:  Dr. Allen Pratt, at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga, allen-pratt@utc.edu 423-425-4539

NREAC:   TREA is also a member of the National Rural Education Advocacy Consortium.  We work with over 20 other states on rural issues and advocate for their needs at the federal level.  Contact:  Phil Gerik, 254-366-6652

 

TREA exists to:

Support and Collaborate

Provide a variety of Services/Benefits

Advocate for rural schools

Be a resource for superintendents

Provide Leadership Opportunities

 

Priority Areas:

Leadership

Advocacy

Sustainability

National Rural Education Association

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Contact Information

TREA - Texas Rural Education Association
108 Wild Basin Rd. South
Suite 100
Austin, Texas 78746
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Phone: (512) 330-9930
Fax: (512) 494-1188