AASA still plans to hold its National Conference on Education in Houston next year, and it hopes to hold the first joint NSBA-AASA conference in San Diego in spring 2013. A tentative date for the event has not been announced.

Economic pressures have had an impact on organizations that traditionally have funded their own conferences. Indeed, Domenech said the AASA-NBSA partnership will not be the only collaboration between two education-oriented organizations, as AASA also has announced a partnership with the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP).

“With NAESP, we intend to move into their building at some point during the next two years,” Domenech said. “Here again, we envision significant savings as a result of facilities sharing and staff consolidation.”

Upon hearing the news, some administrators told eSchool News they were worried about a combined meeting. It might blur the images and reduce the autonomy of the two organizations, they said. One administrator claimed many superintendents dislike attending conferences with board members. “The superintendent can get roped into acting as a babysitter for the board members,” the administrator explained.

On the other hand, the vendors who spoke with eSchool News generally were pleased with the announcement. Consolidating the conferences will cut costs, ease logistical demands, and reduce the strain on staff resources, they said.