Advocating for small schools in Oregon

Advocating for small schools in Oregon


A look back at an eventful year for OSSA members

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By R. Michael Carter, Executive Administrator

Despite the COVID-19 crisis, it has been a very successful year for the OSSA partnering with COSA. Here are some highlights that have been accomplished this year by OSSA; for the full story, please read our latest newsletter.

  • Awarded nine $1,000 student scholarships and recognized the Administrator of the Year and the Teacher of the Year.
  • Successful lobbying for various issues that are important to Small School District in Oregon.
  • Updated our policies, procedures, and website with our COSA partners to better support our members.
  • Provided the first all-virtual conference in the State of Oregon last spring with a keynote from Chris Spetzer from Stanford University on decision making, and it was a huge success.
  • Partnered with U of O and COSA to provide, for the second time, a special session designed for small schools at the annual law conference.
  • Sent a powerful and united letter to Governor Brown to reopen schools.
  • We are developing an administrative mentor program to better support small school districts and programs.
Release Date

2020-21 Scholarship Application OPEN NOW

The 2020-21 OSSA Student Scholarship application is now available. The $1,000 scholarships are for students of OSSA member districts. Two scholarships each will be awarded in 1A, 2A and 3A districts.

Information about the scholarships is on the flyer below. The 2020-2021 Scholarship Application is available by using the link below to COSA's website -- on the COSA Scholarships page, scroll down to the OSSA application. The deadline is May 3, 2021.

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