A Brief History of TREA 

Established:  November 1992
The first organizational meeting of TREA was conducted in Mt. Pleasant at the Hot Biscuit Restaurant (Holiday Inn) at 6:30pm on November 23, 1992.  Dr. L.C. Stout, Superintendent of Prairiland ISD was selected to lead TREA as president.

It was also decided that TREA would apply to the National Rural Education Association (NREA) to be the official state affiliate from Texas.

Charter membership – 39 total charter members


Dr. L.C. Stout President Prairiland ISD
Dr. Richard Hervey President-Elect Red Lick ISD
Dr. James Hesson Treasurer Roxton ISD
Dr. John Moss Secretary East Texas State University-Texarkana
Scott Ferguson Advisor Region VIII ESC
George Brown Advisor Region VIII ESC



Saltillo ISD Roxton ISD Leary ISD
Winfield ISD Red Lick ISD Talco-Bogata CISD
Harts Bluff ISD Avery ISD Chapel Hill ISD
McLeod ISD Hubbard ISD Prairiland ISD
Fannindel ISD Hughes Springs ISD Pewitt CISD
Sulphur Bluff  ISD Yantis  ISD Avinger ISD
Como-Pickton CISD Cooper ISD Beckville ISD
Region VIII ESC East Texas State University-Texarkana Texas Education Agency


TREA was awarded state affiliate status from NREA in January 1993.

NREA has provided an excellent opportunity for TREA to be involved as an advocate for rural issues on a national level.  Since joining, TREA has been active and highly involved in the direction of NREA.  This is evidenced, in part, by hosting the 1996 NREA annual conference (San Antonio) and by providing a past president:  George Brown, 2000-01 and a future president, Seth Adams 2007-08.

TREA has grown steadily since 1992 and has become a recognized leader and strong advocate for small/rural school issues on a national, state and local level. 

This growth has occurred through strong leadership from TREA’s current and past presidents:  L.C. Stout, Jim Hesson, Tommy Long, Franklin Wray, Ronnie Stanley, Graham Sweeney, Seth Adams, James Morton, Mark Keahey and Todd Williams (President-Elect).