Just finished our summer AASA Governing Board meeting. When I came onto the Board the association was facing dire financial straits, like many associations were and continue to be. The situation has been remedied, with significant staff reductions, and we've come out the other side a leaner, more efficient organization. Thanks to the AASA staff for their hard work.
The association still faces significant challenges. The most prominent is a decline in membership. Surely the economy is a cause, but we must also consider the outright attacks on superintendents as a cause as well. Regardless, our charge is to engage current members as well as gaining new members.
As we talked in our regions this morning it was amazing to learn of some of the ways school leaders are getting attacked across the county. I have to wonder if we've lost all civility sometimes. Anyway, it was great to visit with colleagues from the midwest and Canada. We will gather again in February.