Become a WASA Member

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“There have never been greater challenges in public education than the ones we face today. As educational leaders we accept these challenges and embrace the uncharted territories of our future. It takes courage to lead educational organizations where people, time, and resources are critical factors and we can often feel isolated in our different roles within our districts. But, you do not have to lead in isolation. Through WASA’s collaborative and collective approach, our 1,900 members statewide have access to and support from each other including the skills, knowledge, and expertise of the WASA staff.

With a laser focus on leadership, trust, and advocacy, WASA continues to serve as the state’s premier organization for district administrators. With your help and active participation, we will continue to meet the needs of the dynamic and evolving landscape of public education. Our 1.2 million student scholars across this great state of Washington deserve our very best efforts each day. Thank you for your selfless and courageous leadership and thank you for enrolling in the WASA family."    

—Aaron Leavell, Superintendent, Bremerton School District; President, WASA

Member Types

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Active Member Eligibility

Active membership is open to those currently serving as full- or part-time school administrators. Active WASA members receive all association services including voting privileges.

Active Member Dues

Active member dues are based on three-quarters of one percent of the previous year's salary. First-time active member dues are calculated using the current salary.

Please contact Lisa Gehman at lgehman@wasa-oly.org or 800.859.9272/360.489.3640 with questions.

Become an Active Member

Join Now

Click the "Join Now" button to download the membership application.

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Active Member Benefits

WASA places a high priority on supporting its members 24 hours a day. The executive staff are experienced, professional colleagues who are available to advise members on personal and professional matters in all situations related to their roles as education leaders. WASA is dedicated to meeting the needs of its members by offering active members the following benefits/services:

Advice and Legal Counsel
WASA will provide the counsel of qualified, experienced administrators to active members who face a problem or potential problem related to his or her professional assignment. WASA's executive director will arrange for confidential assistance. 

Legal Services
WASA active members have a $1,000,000 Educators Professional Liability Policy to protect them in the legal situations they face daily. Sponsored by WASA, the policy is available at no additional cost to active members and can be increased to $2 million at a nominal fee.

Active members are also eligible for legal assistance with due process, contract rights, and other issues related to their professional assignment. WASA's contribution for legal assistance is up to a total of $3,000 per individual member. Upon approval by the executive director, initial counsel with a WASA-recommended attorney is $500. The remaining $2,500 must be approved by the WASA Professional Standards and Ethics Committee. 

For each year of uninterrupted membership, joint WASA/AASA active members may be eligible, through AASA, for an additional $1,000 in defense expense reimbursement up to $10,000 with the $500 deductible paid by WASA.

You must call WASA before you call an attorney. Reimbursement shall not be provided for legal services obtained prior to contacting the WASA executive director.

Ethics Assistance
The WASA administrative team is available to provide advice and counsel for active members on ethical issues they may encounter as a result of their district or professional responsibilities. WASA provides the networking capability within the organization or in concert with other agencies to assist school districts or members in problem resolution.

Conflict Intervention
Conflict intervention among parties within school districts is sometimes needed. Teams composed of representatives from WASA, WSSDA, and AWSP are available to assist in diffusing conflicts between board/superintendent, board/staff, or board member/board member and to recommend positive alternatives.

Contract Review
Whether negotiating a new employment contract or updating an existing one, WASA provides contract evaluation and recommendations to support active members in a variety of employment positions.

Mentorships
WASA provides peer mentors for all new superintendents. Mentors for any new or experienced WASA active member will be appointed upon request.

Career Counseling
Confidential and professional support is available for active members with assistance in their career paths, employment opportunities, and contract development.

Retirement Counseling
WASA staff members can assist active members in preparing for retirement.

To seek assistance, please contact Joel Aune, Executive Director.

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"WASA’s mission is to support leaders through equity and excellence in leadership, trust, and advocacy. One way we accomplish our mission is through ongoing support of our members. WASA membership provides opportunities for professional learning, collaboration, support, access to current information and resources, and a collective voice that champions public education. Your success is key to WASA’s success. We look forward to walking beside you on your leadership journey."

                             —Kim Fry, Superintendent, Rochester School District; Chair, WASA Membership Committee

Upcoming Conferences

Interested in attending an upcoming conference? Check out the WASA Conference Calendar.

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