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School Administrators Associations Announce Unification
A vote at the Annual Business Meeting of the Massachusetts Secondary School Administrators’ Association (MSSAA) adopted, on this date, constitutional changes that resulted in the formation of a new professional association to be known as the Massachusetts School Administrators’ Association (MSAA). This new organization will include in its membership any practicing PreK-12 building administrator in the state including, but not restricted to, former members of the Massachusetts Elementary School Principals Association. (MESPA)
In 2015, the then-current conditions seemed proper to representatives of MSSAA and MESPA for exploratory talks about a possible merger. As the time since then passed, the talks became more and more positive, and by the fall of 2016, it became apparent that they should be intensified. At that time, MESPA made its records available to the Merger Committee headed by, as Chairman, Past MSSAA President Dana Brown, and a consultant was hired to do a feasibility study.
In addition, a direct poll of MSSAA members found more than two-thirds of them approving unification with MESPA. MESPA officials also reached an agreement with its members. On October 27, 2016, the MSSAA Board of Directors approved going forward. The final vote, taken at Hyannis on July, 27, 2017, activated MSAA as of August 1, 2017 and marked the dissolution of MSSAA and MESPA.
Chairman Brown said, “The benefits of a more powerful association, presenting to local, state, and national leadership a unified group of educational leaders seems to make sense. Combining and sharing resources, both in terms of human and financial capital, also would seem to have long term benefits for all education leaders in the state. Many states have this model in place and can offer us best practices to guide us as we move forward.”
It is advantageous that, as a PreK-12 Association, MSAA will have all the same interests and concerns as the Commissioner appointed to head that same PreK-12 group of schools.
William N. Gaine, Jr. the current Executive Director of MSSAA will hold the same position in MSAA with his office in Franklin. Mr. Gaine’s long experience at the highest level of professional association work and his wide circle of acquaintance make him an excellent choice to direct and supervise this unification, both in broad concepts and in the many details involved.