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What does my district get for its NJSBA dues?
In January 2015, Dr. Lawrence S. Feinsod, NJSBA executive director, appointed a staff task force to answer that question by assessing the value of the Association’s dues-based services. The task force identified more than $33.7 million in member value for 2013-2014—an amount four-and-a-half times greater than annual statewide dues. The value includes professional development, energy-savings programs, onsite consultation, and legal, policy and labor relations services.
The $33.7 million figure does not include the savings available through newer NJSBA programs, such as the dues-based services offered by the Grants Support Program and on-site consultation and training in sustainable practices and STEM education. Nor does it include the value of NJSBA’s advocacy on behalf of local school boards before the legislature and courts. Nonetheless, the financial benefits of just two recent advocacy achievements—preserving school districts’ option to subcontract services and rolling back the state’s school construction grant assessment—exceeded $40 million in 2013-2014.
The numbers—33.7 million plus $40 million—are impressive. However, for local school boards, the long-term value of NJSBA services are adoption of best practices, avoidance of costly litigation, the lowering of staff and operating costs, and reduction of professional consultant fees.