CORAS Alters Schedule to Address Covid-19

As we begin another school year, please know that CORAS recognizes the difficult decisions and the many challenges that Superintendents are facing daily during these unprecedented pandemic times. I believe strongly and remain confident that your commitment to our kids and your staffs, along with your leadership will absolutely make the difference, for our schools and communities this coming year. Together we will be able to navigate these difficult times and serve children and teachers.  

To this end, CORAS has two goals for our coming school year:

1.) Conduct six regular membership meetings. (see dates below)

2.) Utilize our meeting Venues to provide you, our member Superintendents,  with opportunities to discuss hot topics, relevant matter and hear from experts with “in the know”.  

Our CORAS Meeting format for 2021 provide you three options; 1.) In person attendance at the Olde Dutch restaurant in Logan Ohio. To accommodate social distancing, we will be limited to the first 45 who register with CORAS Administrative Associate, Debra Kelly. Lunch will follow the meeting. 2.) Zoom at your local ESC office. 3.) Zoom at your office.  

Below please find our CORAS meeting dates and locations for your planning:  

September 16, 2020 Olde Dutch Restaurant Logan Ohio October 21, 2020      Olde Dutch Restaurant Logan Ohio January 13, 2021     Virtual Zoom Recognition of CORAS school “Pandemic Hero’s” March 17, 2021    O.U. Inn Hicks in Residence Scholar Recognition April 21, 2021     Olde Dutch Restaurant, Logan Ohio June 1, 2021       Eagle Sticks Golf Club  

Thank you for your commitment to serve kids, teachers, and our communities.  



Coalition of Rural and Appalachian Schools

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.