Newley Elected AFSA GEB Holds Inaugural Meeting

The AFSA General Executive Board (GEB) held it’s inaugural meeting since being elected at the AFSA 2015 Triennial Constitutional Convention.

The meetings began on Friday, October 9th, with a new member orientation session for incoming General Vice Presidents Mark Cannizzaro and Lauran Waters-Cherry. Later that afternoon, the GEB began its first full general session, and welcomed three guest speakers.

Ms. Katherine Isaac, representing Mark Dimondstein, President of the American Postal Workers Union (APWU), AFL-CIO, gave an overview of the APWU’s Stop Staples! Campaign, and the methodology being used to attack the Postal Service and clarified the misconceptions about postal service workers. AFSA encourages all members to stop purchasing Staples products for your school’s supplies, and to contact your district school boards, to urge them stop purchasing as well. For more information about the campaign, please visit www.apwu.org/issues/stop-staples.

The GEB also welcomed two guest speakers from the United States Senate, Ms. Katie Neal, Legislative Assistant, Senator Orrin G. Hatch (R-UT) and Mr. Michael DiNapoli, Jr., Legislative Aide, Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI). Both speakers gave an overview about the education priorities for their respective offices, and the latest regarding the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA.

The Program Committee held a debriefing session over the AFSA 14th Triennial Constitutional Convention on Saturday, October 10th. Committee members reviewed the extremely positive evaluation form totals and began preparations for upcoming AFSA webinars and conferences.

The Scholarship Committee met to review the application for the 2016 AFSA Scholarship Program. Suggestions were made to improve the application form, and to make it more user friendly for AFSA members. The current scoring rubric will also be examined to ensure it is aligned with the application.

The Legislative Committee discussed the ongoing collaboration with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) and the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP). The three groups are continuing advocacy efforts to support increased funding for professional development programs specifically designed for principals. In addition, the committee reviewed the principal groups’ joint comments on the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which were submitted to the leaders of the House and Senate education committees.

The PAC Committee met to review the latest contribution totals to the AFSA Federal PAC. The committee also discussed ways to enhance the AFSA PAC and support Locals forming State and Local PACs.

The Finance Committee approved the 2015-2016 budget, and also to proceed with an audit for Fiscal Year 2014-2015.

The GEB also welcomed a new General Vice President, Jane Wermuth, President of the Yonkers Council of Administrators (YCA), AFSA Local 8. Vice President Wermuth will replace outgoing YCA President and GEB member, Steve Murphy. AFSA warmly welcomes Ms. Wermuth to the GEB, and also thanks Mr. Murphy for his dedicated service on the GEB and wishes him all the best going forward. Ms. Wermuth was officially sworn in during the meeting.

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