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, firstname.lastname@example.org 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, email@example.com 512-726-5547
BWA Architects, a full service architectural planning and design firm, will provide a comprehensive assessment of facilities considered for improvement, including all systems and roofs, conducted by trained and licensed professionals. A report will be provided with information on useful life and recommendations on improvement prioritization as well as most effective utilization of spaces. In addition, the BWA team will provide bond support in preparation of a successful election.” Contact Jenna Norton at 903-276-2990 firstname.lastname@example.org
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, email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.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.firstname.lastname@example.org 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, email@example.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, firstname.lastname@example.org 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