PLATTSBURGH — Champlain Valley Educational Services will host a Regional Rural Issues Forum on the challenges schools and their communities face Wednesday, Nov. 6.

The event is part of a series of forums being offered statewide by the Rural Schools Association of New York State (RSANY), CVES District Superintendent Dr. Mark Davey told the Press-Republican.

"It will be an opportunity for stakeholders from our community to engage in an active and, hopefully, vibrant dialogue about rural schools, our communities and … what challenges we’re facing and recommendations for solutions."

RSANY Executive Director David Little will present on the state of rural schools and communities before leading the forum.

According to a CVES press release, a statewide task force of experts will review the feedback, which will be included in a policy brief/advocacy platform that will be presented to national and state leaders.


Many rural schools have experienced enrollment decline, Davey said.

"With that enrollment decline, our communities have struggled to sustain jobs.

"One of the challenges that will be, I’m sure, discussed is how do you not only continue to sustain and support schools but how can we help sustain our communities."

Part of the conversation will be tied to the RSA Summer Conference theme, "The Hard Work of Staying: Rural Schools as the Heart of the Community," Davey said.

"In other words, many times students will go to college or will seek employment in other areas because they feel there’s more opportunity.

"And yet, our communities need vibrant and young leaders and families to be sustainable for the long-term."


Community leaders, educators and business partners number among the more than 40 people scheduled to attend, Davey said.

"The hope is that we have a good conversation and that our feedback really is part of the advocacy platform that ... ties together with the advocacy for the entire state."

The forum will take place at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6 at the CVES Instructional Services Center at 14 Area Development Dr. in Plattsburgh.

To RSVP, visit or contact Louise Jackstadt at or 518-561-0100 ext. 211. 

Due to the sponsorship of the New York Schools Insurance Reciprocal, there is no cost for the program.

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