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Membership Benefits

  1. The MARE Board of Directors (our policy makers) are from school districts in rural Missouri and deal with the same or similar problems that rural schools deal with on a daily basis.

  2. MARE is committed to the idea that it is a SERVICE ORGANIZATION, dedicated to the practice of providing services to our member schools.

  3. Rather than employ a large office staff, MARE contracts for services such as board policy manuals, legal advice, financial assistance, preparation of board member training materials, administrative searches, etc.

  4. MARE has served as the not-for-profit corporation for a large number of capital facilities lease financings.

  5. MARE supports a SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM, providing up to thirteen (providing funding available) $1,000 scholarships each year to education majors with a stated intent to teach in rural Missouri School Districts.  The Scholarship is only available to those attending a Missouri College or University.

  6. MARE sponsors an annual conference, which provides numerous workshops featuring current topics of interest to the rural education community.  The conference is held at the Lodge of the Four Seasons, Lake Ozarks, Missouri during the latter part of October or early November.  The Annual Conference has a very reasonable registration fee and meal package fee options.  The room rates are also very reasonable with ample parking.

  7. The MARE school board training program has two major advantages for rural Missouri schools:

  1. 50-75% of the program time is spent in discussion on specific policies and needs for your own school district    

  2. The training program is scheduled at a time and place convenient to the individual needs, thus avoiding a conflict with the board members work schedule.

  1. Compared to similar service organizations, the cost for membership is very reasonable.  Membership is not based on enrollment or budget.  A school district membership includes all instructional staff, administrators, board members, support staff, and students.

Present Membership Rates:

  • Membership for K-12 School District is $500 per school year.
  • Membership for K-8 School Districts if $400 per school year.
  • Membership for Not for Profit Corporations is $300 per school year.
  • Membership for Profit Corporations is $400 per school year.
  • Individual membership from Non-Member Institutions is $35.00 per school year.
  • Higher education Student Membership is $2.50 per school year.

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