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Seen & Heard Around the Conference

Ordering T-Shirts

Those I Love Public Education t-shirts produced by AASA for the Friday morning rally have been a fan favorite in Nashville. AASA members can obtain extras by contacting AASA staffer Tammy Barbara at following the conference.

Individual long-sleeve shirts in small through extra-large sizes will be sold for $20, while 2X and 3X sizes will cost $25. Deep discounts are available for orders of 72 or more shirts, Barbara said.

Short-sleeve versions in grey or blue can be ordered, she said.


Popular Sale Items

Most popular items at the AASA Conference Bookstore during the past three days: copies of Todd Rose’s book The End of Average (all 75 copies have been sold) and AASA umbrellas (depleted from the shelves).

Overall, reports bookstore coordinator George Karamihas, sales have been solid, already surpassing the total generated at the 2017 AASA national conference without factoring in the Saturday morning business.


A Notable Line Overlooked

In the middle of his 5-minute greeting at the 3rd General Session on Saturday, the president of the National School Boards Association said one of the messages he was delivering during his term was that school board members must allow superintendents to handle day-to-day affairs while they focus on long-range policy.

The line from Kevin Ciak, a 24-year board member from Sayreville, N.J., didn’t get a reaction from the assembled. Perhaps it was just too early on a Saturday for them to pay attention.


Lost & Found

Only a few found items were turned in to the AASA Information Kiosk over the course of the three-day AASA conference. The found items include a gold filigree earring, a section of a silver necklace and a set of CDs on emotional behavior problems of children. All items were turned over to the Music City Center security office at the end of the conference.

(Jay P. Goldman is editor of AASA’s Conference Daily Online.)

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