EAIS: The energy champion for rural schools
Rural schools definition = student enrollment of 3,000 or fewer students. Larger schools may be allowed to join with approval from the EAIS Board of Directors.
For every EAIS member to refocus budget dollars on student learning.
“We need assistance and advice,” shared a school superintendent during a market research focus group, “not products. Right now, the only day-to-day energy information we receive is from people wanting to sell us something.” Another school superintendent added, “Being (organized as a) nonprofit is important, with the goal of saving schools money.”
Research revealed a need for, and Iowa schools’ willingness to join, an association in order to gain access to unbiased energy knowledge, resources and services. Energy Association of Iowa Schools (EAIS) was created in December 2011.
Board of Directors
EAIS is a non-profit, grassroots organization whose services are based on school-identified needs. We are 100% funded by member dues and matching funds from utilities. Five school superintendents, representing each of Iowa’s four congressional districts and one at-large, have committed to providing guidance on the EAIS board of directors:
District 1 – Rob Busch, Edgewood-Colesburg Community School District
District 2 – Tim Hood, Keokuk Community School District
District 3 – Willie Stone, Corning and Villisca Community School Districts
District 4 – Darrin Strike, West Fork Community School District
At-Large – Scott Williamson, Sioux Central Community School District
EAIS began actively marketing association membership and related services in March 2012.
Membership Dues for membership through June 2015: $1/student/year
Minimum = $500/year
Public and private preK-12 school districts, community colleges, area education agencies, and public and private colleges/universities in Iowa are welcome to join EAIS. Low membership dues are made possible through matching funds provided by Alliant Energy, Black Hills Corporation and MidAmerican Energy.