"Beware of little expenses; a small leak will sink a great ship."~ Benjamin Franklin
"He who does not economize will have to agonize." ~ Confusius
Despite this unprecedented economic downturn, Dr. DiCroce continues to protect professional development appropriations for faculty and staff. Although the Association unsuccessfully requested an increase in the Administrator Professional Development Fund for 2009-10 from $10,000 to $16,800, the fund was increased to $15,000 in 2010-11 to support funding requests by individual administrators and to purchase books for the successful learning community.
Given the fact that the most recent funding increase prior to 2010-11 was in 2001, the Administrative Association continues to work diligently to strategically allocate it funds. For instance, the Association increased the rigor of its funding criteria as well as formed strategic alliances with LRC and Training and Development aimed at maximizing the quantity and quality of professional development for administrators.
From time to time, the Association strategically allocates a portion of its funding for initiatives that support its core mission.
In 2002-03, funding was allocated to support a career resilience workshop and a new member reception, while in 2004-05, the Association funded a retreat and Leadership Series (i.e., "Leadership through Influence", "Stress Management in the Workplace", and "Organizing Your Work Environment"). During 2005-06, the Association continued the successful Leadership Series by supporting three courses titled, "Mentoring", "Making the Most of Your Meetings", and "How to Motivate Your Staff". During 2006-07 and 2007-08, the Association budget was dedicated toward supporting individual professional development. Annually since 2008-09, Association funds have supported an Administrator Learning Community (Book Club) and a year-end retreat to welcome new members and conduct strategic planning.