Coalition of Rural and Appalachian Schools

Community Forums on Student Substance Abuse and Community Supports  Scheduled at 4 Locations

Four Community Forums have been scheduled to discuss the topic of Student Substance Abuse and Community Supports.  The dates and locations are the following:

March 30, 6 PM; Host: Shawnee State University; Location: Portsmouth HS Conference Room, 1225 Gallia Street, Portsmouth, Ohio 45662

April 4,  6 PM; Host: Ohio University; Location: Athens Community Center Rm. A/B, 701 East State Street, Athens, Ohio 45701

April 12, 6 PM; Host: Muskingum University and Marietta College; Location: McDonough Auditorium, Marietta College; 215 5th Street, Marietta, Ohio 45750

April 18, 2017 6 PM; Host: Rio Grande University; Location: Bob Evans Farms Hall Auditorium Room 118, Bevo Francis Drive, Rio Grande, Ohio 45674

See Meeting Notes Page for updates on latest CORAS meeting held March 15th.

An Advocate For Ohio’s Rural Appalachian School Children For Over Two Decades

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The Coalition of Rural and Appalachian Schools, in partnership with the Ohio University College of Education, is an organization composed of 136 school districts, institutions of higher learning and other educational agencies in the 35-county region of Ohio designated as Appalachia. School districts in neighboring counties, institutions of higher education and related organizations may become members of the Coalition. The Coalition of Rural and Appalachian Schools is under the governance structure of a Regional Council of Governments and is funded through membership dues and support from the Ohio University College of Education.

The Coalition’s Mission and Goals


The mission of the Coalition of Rural and Appalachian Schools is to advocate for and support the public schools of Appalachia Ohio in the continuous improvement of educational opportunities available to all the region’s children. This statement of mission acknowledges that the region’s public schools are an integral part of the public education system for Ohio and that the Coalition may support and join with similar efforts throughout the State to improve the educational opportunities for all children.


1. To seek equity in Ohio’s system of school funding and adequacy of educational opportunity for all of Ohio’s children.

2. To support the continuous development of educational leadership throughout the region’s public school systems.

3. To identify and analyze policy issues that impact the effectiveness, strength, and character of the public school system and to formulate and communicate position statements in response to these issues.

4. To sponsor and promote the use of research and to share successful practices for improving educational opportunities for all children in the CORAS region.

2016  Hicks Executive in Residence Named

Tom Ash Photo  Mr. Tom Ash, Director of Governmental Relations for the Buckeye Association of School Administrators has been named the 2016 Hicks Executive in Residence.  See the complete story on the Meeting Notes Page