A year’s membership in AASA will cost individuals anywhere from $2 to $10 more under the dues increase ratified Wednesday by the association’s Governing Board.
Annual dues in the active member category, which covers the majority of members, will rise $10 to $460 a year beginning July 1. Superintendents who lead small districts will see a $5 increase to $230 year, while those in the district/cabinet, college professor and associate levels will increase $4 to $204.
Aspiring leaders and retired members will pay $77, or $2 more than present, for membership in 2018-19.
The increase was approved 77-18. Those who voted against the measure said the current fiscal health of the association did not necessarily warrant an automatic increase.
Under a policy adopted by the Governing Board in February 2005, the method used to determine the annual dues rate for AASA membership is based upon the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Consumer Price Index as of Dec. 31, with the increase rounded to the nearest dollar. If there is no increase or if there is a decrease in the CPI, the dues will increase by $5.
Staff reported that the CPI for the last 12 months was 2.2 percent.
The increase in dues is expected to bring $60,000 in added revenue to the association in FY ‘19.
(Jay P. Goldman is editor of AASA’s Conference Daily Online.)