At the Executive Board meeting of February 20, 2013 the board voted to postpone this year's Technology Education Association of Massachusetts annual conference, which had been scheduled for March 8, 2013 and has rescheduled to September 20, 2013.
After much discussion and deliberation we voted to make this change largely due to the feedback that we have received from the membership over the last few years that there simply is no funding in the various school districts coffers to cover the costs of either the conference itself nor the requisite substitutes, especially at this time in the school year.
We were also made aware by the membership that this particular year has brought us the "Perfect Storm" of events, which has exacerbated this financial problem for many of their school districts. Recent weather events beginning with "Superstorm" Sandy, the recent Blizzard and high rates of Influenza have all combined to decimate school substitute budgets forcing a majority of school districts to "freeze" their finances for the remainder of the school year.
Regrettably with such a large number of our membership facing the prospects of being frozen out of their only professional development conference of the year, we felt that it was in the best interest of all concerned to postpone.
In discussing the timing of the postponed conference we all felt that there would numerous advantages to having the conference in September including the availability of professional development funds, the negation of any possible concerns about the weather, providing the collegiality and synergism that our conferences are known for early in the school year, and perhaps most important of all the ability to bring to the membership the best possible conference with the greatest degree of participation.
We will be working to complete all possible conference planning as quickly as possible and will communicate all the details to the membership via our revitalized website, http://www.team.massteacher.org Over the coming months we will be working on outreach to the membership and I ask that you forward to either John DeCicco or myself your own updated contact information and the contact information, particularly e-mail addresses, for any other teacher, administrator, business professional or organization who would be supportive of our common cause.