Key Ways We Serve Schools

  • By being a lobbyist dedicated to the issues that matter to MREA members.
  • By keeping members informed of legislative action and how it affects their districts.
  • Through professional development and networking at the Annual Conference in November.

What Are Superintendents Saying?

  • 97% are satisfied with MREA membership.
  • 97% see MREA as effective in providing a unified voice for rural schools.
  • 93% would recommend MREA membership to a colleague.

Advocacy Accomplishments

We know that schools are stronger when they come together. We’ve seen the results.

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MREA represents more than 237,800  students in 223 Greater Minnesota school districts.

This represents 27% of students in grades K-12 in Minnesota.

An asterisk(*) denotes new Introductory Members for the 2016-17 membership year.

























Agency Members

MREA collaborates with these organizations to better support Greater Minnesota schools.

Lakes Country Service Cooperative

1001 East Mount Faith
Fergus Falls, MN 56537
Contact: Jeremy Kovash

National Joint Powers Alliance

200 First Street NE
Staples, MN 56479
Contact: Paul Drange

Northeast Service Cooperative

5525 Emerald Ave
Mountain Iron, MN 55768
Contact: Paul Brinkman

Northwest Service Cooperative

114 West First Street
Thief River Falls, MN 56701
Contact: Bruce Jensen

Resource Training & Solutions

137 23rd St So, #201
Sartell, MN 56377
Contact: Mark Schmitz

Southwest & West Central Service Cooperative

1420 East College Drive
Marshall, MN 56258
Contact: Cliff Carmody

Minnesota Education District Association

MREA advocates on behalf of the education districts of Minnesota and their member school districts within the parameters of the MREA legislative platform and general best interests of Greater Minnesota education.

M innesota’s 12 education districts are voluntary, regional organizations of school districts designed to increase student opportunity through member cooperation. State law requires an education district to be comprised of at least four school districts, and member districts must be contiguous.

The member school districts fund the ed district, and each has a representative on the ed district’s school board, which functions as its governing body. Ed districts also are required to report to the Minnesota Department of Education.

One of the greatest strengths of education districts is their unique ability to meet the diverse needs of their member districts. Most of Minnesota’s ed districts provide special education services for students with physical, mental or emotional disabilities and their families in the member districts. These services may include area learning centers, day treatment programs, higher-level specialized services for special needs students, or Autism Spectrum Disorder programs — services and resources for schools and families to ensure that students with disabilities and/or special learning needs have access to tools and programs to maximize their development and learning.

In addition to special needs services, ed districts may provide a wide range of other programs and services that are responsive to the identified needs of their member districts. Such programs may include technology and telecommunications access, staff professional development, technical education and career development, grant writing and administration, early childhood school readiness, and Adult Basic Education (ABE). One ed district may plan and implement a professional development workshop day for 500 teachers, and another ed district may oversee Gifted, Creative & Talented (GCT) programs for its member schools, such as math competitions or a science fair.

Regardless of their program focus, each ed district increases and improves educational opportunities for learners by facilitating cooperation and coordination among its members.

These organizations help MREA put learners first and be the voice of Greater Minnesota education.

We encourage you to support them to show our appreciation. We provided a directory of our associate members below.

Contact us to learn more about associate membership levels.

*Denotes new members in 2016-17.


Minnesota Corn Growers Association
Contact: Anna Boroff

Thalmann Seeds
Contact: Randall Thalmann

Architects, Engineers
& Facilities

Architectural Resources Inc (ARI)*
Contact: Katie Hillenbrand

DLR Group
Contact: Chris Gibbs

Foster, Jacobs & Johnson, Inc.
Contact: Arif Quraishi

Contact: Steve Paasch

Hiller Commercial Floors
Contact: Dave Bahr

IIW Minnesota
Contact: David Leapaldt

InGensa, Inc.
Contact: Jacqui Coleman

I+S Group*
Contact: Rod Schumacher

Johnson Controls
Contact: Trish Curtis

Kodet Architectural Group*
Contact: Mike Schellin

Kraus Anderson Construction Company
Contact: Chad Rettke

Contact: Troy Miller

RA Morton & Associates*
Contact: Preston Euerle

Unesco, Inc.*
Contact: Kevin McGauley

Winkelman Building Corporation*
Contact: Mike Schoenecker

Community Engagement

Marnita’s Table
Contact: Marnita Schroedl

Contact: Julie Gilbert Newrai

Educational Programs
& Services

Contact: April Hansen

Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement University of MN (CAREI)*
Contact: Kim Gibbons

MN Association of International Baccalaureate World Schools (MNIB)
Contact: Jon Peterson

John Baylor Prep
Contact: Betsy Arnold Bahn

Minnesota Assocation of International Baccalaureate World Schools
Contact: Jon Peterson

Minnesota State Academies
Contact: Dr. Robert Stepaniak

Finance, Legal & Insurance

Contact: Nancy Schulzetenberg

Booth Law Group*
Contact: Laura Booth

Contact: Greg Crowe

Marsh & McLennan Agency*
Contact: Amy Diedrich

National Insurance Services*
Contact: David Branback

Northland Securities, Inc
Contact: Greg Baufield

PFM Asset Management/MSDLAF+*
Contact: Donn Hanson

PMA Financial Network, Inc
Contact: Kent Johnson

Robert W. Baird & Company
Contact: Michael Hoheisel

Rupp, Anderson, Squires & Waldspurger, P.A.
Contact: Kevin Rupp
Contact: Todd Netzke

School Management Services
Contact: Todd Netzke

Springsted Incorporated*
Contact: Stacy Childers

Vaaler Insurance
Contact: Casey Holland

Higher Education

Bemidji State University
Contact: Dr. Tim Goodwin

Bethel University*
Contact: Dr. Craig Paulson

College of St. Scholastica
Contact: Dr. Jo Olsen

Concordia College
Contact: Dr. Darrell Stolle

Minnesota State University-Mankato
Contact: Dr. Jean Haar

Minnesota State University-Moorhead
Contact: Dr. Ok-Hee Lee

St. Mary’s University of Minnesota
Contact: Sarah Wanger

Southwest Minnesota State University
Contact: Dr. Raphael Onyeaghala

University of Minnesota-Morris
Contact: Dr. Gwen Rudney

Winona State University
Contact: Dr. Tarrell Portman

Educational Service Cooperatives

Lakes Country Service Cooperative
Contact: Jeremy Kovash

National Joint Powers Alliance
Contact: Paul Drange

Northeast Service Cooperative
Contact: Paul Brinkman

Northwest Service Cooperative
Contact: Bruce Jensen

Resource Training & Solutions
Contact: Mark Schmitz

Southeast Service Cooperative
Contact: Suzanne Riley

Southwest & West Central Service Cooperative
Contact: Cliff Carmody

Special Education

Area Special Education Cooperative
Contact: Gary Johnson

Bemidji Regional Interdistrict Council
Contact: Brenda Story

Midwest Special Education Cooperative
Contact: Todd Travis

Northland Special Education Cooperative
Contact: Reggie Engebritson

Northwest Regional Interdistrict Council SPED Cooperative*
Contact: Kyle Erickson

Southern Minnesota Education Consortium*
Contact: Dan Armagost

Southern Plains Special Education Cooperative
Contact: Sarah Mittelstadt

SouthWest Metro Education Cooperative
Contact: Darren Kermes

Vocational Cooperatives

Pine to Prairie Cooperative*
Contact: Murray Turner

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90% of members join – and stay – because of MREA’s ability to provide information about what’s happening at the Legislature and how it affects the district.