Wisconsin Rural Schools Alliance (WiRSA)
WiRSA Welcomes New Executive Director
Kim Kaukl has been selected by the Wisconsin Rural Schools Alliance Board of Directors to serve as the next executive director of WiRSA. Mr. Kaukl will be replacing Jerry Fiene who is retiring after four years as the first executive director of the Alliance.
Kim Kaukl’s administrative experience includes fourteen years as high school principal at River Valley High School in Spring Green, Wisconsin as well as seventeen years of leadership in other Wisconsin high schools. He has worked in public education for 34 years. He comes to WiRSA with a passion for serving rural schools and a desire to continue to advocate for their interests and positions.
When asked, Kim indicated that he is honored to be selected as the second executive director and thanked the board for their confidence in him. “I am looking forward to providing leadership services for an organization focused on rural schools and communities and welcome the opportunity to work with Jerry Fiene during a transition period. He has done a great job growing the Alliance.” Kim indicated that along with his passion for rural schools, the reason he had an interest in this position is that board members, administrators and teachers, as well as post-secondary institutions, govern WiRSA membership.
WiRSA is a growing organization with 175 members that include school districts, Cooperative Educational Service Agencies, post-secondary institutions, associate members and individuals. The mission of the organization includes strengthening rural schools and communities by working collaboratively to solve issues, sharing educational best practices and advocating at the local, state and national levels on behalf of the membership.
Kim Kaukl’s official start date is July 1, 2015.
2015-17 Biennial Budget
- WiRSA Testimony to Jt. Finance Committee, March 26, 2015
- Letter to Joint Finance 5.18.15
- Wisconsin Retired Educators Association Newsletter Article 6.17.15
Stevens Point Public Forum, April 28, 2015
Farmers Union Convention Presentation
State Education Convention Presentation
- Impact of Private School Vouchers & Charter Schools on Public Schools
- 2014-15 Independent Charter Schools Aid Deductions
- Marc Duff Presentation
2015-17 Legislative Session
2014-15 WiRSA Scholarship Winners
SAVE THE DATE
7th Annual Wisconsin Rural Schools Alliance Fall Conference
November 11-12, 2015
Click on the "2014 Annual Conference" link on the left side of the home page to access presentations from the 2014 conference.
The Wisconsin Rural Schools Alliance (WiRSA) strives to meet the unique needs of rural schools throughout the state. As such, our site is designed to be a central source for news, events and pertinent resources related to the issues faced by rural educators.
Supported by the Wisconsin Cooperative Education Services Agency (CESA) districts, the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, the UW System and rural school districts, our aim is to continually enhance and improve rural school education.
The newly-elected WiRSA Board of Directors began their terms of office at the first board meeting of the year on January 14, 2015. Officers for 2015 are:
President - Bob Houts, Owen-Withee
Past President - Leah Luke, Mauston
President-Elect - Jeremy Biehl, CESA #5
Secretary - Mellow Jorgensen, Darlington
Treasurer - Jerry Walters, CESA #11