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Massachusetts Council of School Committee Administrative Personnel (COSCAP)


How to Join?

In order to join the Council, an MASC website account must be created. Register for an account at this link.


COSCAP Overview

The MASC/MASS Annual Joint Conference (held in November) sponsors a meeting for all Massachusetts school administrative assistants and Superintendent/School Committee secretaries. For the past year, administrative assistants and executive secretaries throughout the state have been meeting to establish a formal organization in conjunction with the Massachusetts Association of School Committees. We have worked with the MASC to draft bylaws and establish a formal Council under MASC. At the MASC/MASS Joint Conference held on November 20, 2009 in Hyannis, the Council was formalized, our bylaws presented and voted, and an Executive Committee was established.

2022-2023 COSCAP Executive Board
  • Chair: Samantha Garcia (Holyoke)
  • Vice-Chair: Karen Ware (West Springfield)
  • Secretary: Brenda Bianco (Lee) [not pictured]
  • Member at Large: Colleen Andrade (Maynard)
  • Member at Large & Immediate Past Chair: Barbara Emerick (Uxbridge)
Membership in the Council:

Annual membership dues for are $100.00 per person (information about changes in dues available here). Dues are used to provide professional development opportunities for administrative assistants.

Our hope is that you will join the council.  Membership will provide professional development opportunities at the annual MASC/MASS Conference and throughout the year. You will have a say in future Professional Development offerings and COSCAP will work to tailor professional development opportunities to the needs of its membership.

Email Discussion Group

The very active "MASCsec" Listserv email discussion forum is an invaluable tool to those who use it. It enables Massachusetts school committee secretaries and administrative assistants who sign up to seek guidance, share information and exchange ideas and resources with one another. Subscribe to the MASCsec List or see the MASCsec List Archives.

2022 Administrative Assistant Award

The Administrative Assistant of the Year Award, sponsored by the Massachusetts Association of School Committees, is designed to bring recognition to the valuable work that secretaries and administrative assistants do in our schools. This award will recognize an outstanding individual who has succeeded in providing high-quality performance in a variety of school-office settings. Applicants will have demonstrated excellent leadership, commitment to staff and students, service to their communities, and contributions to the overall school experience.

All nomination forms and supporting material must be received no later than the end of the day, Friday, July 1, 2022, for the 2022 award. Submit nominations to: Samantha Garcia, COSCAP Chair,

Download Information / Nomination Form

NEW: Assisting the School Assistant Program (ASAP)

COSCAP is piloting a new mentoring program for new Administrative/Executive Assistants to receive support from veteran Administrative/Executive Assistants. More information is available here.

Learn More

Recent Event Downloads

Lunch and Learn: Effective School Committee, Superintendent, Executive Assistant Team (Feb 3, 2022)

Older Event Downloads

Fall 2019 Conference:

COSCAP Resources

Superintendent Administrative Assistant Salary Resources

COSCAP conducted a survey of Superintendent Administrative Assistants in order to compare salary information for central office administrators across school districts. The results of this survey are now available to members on this page.

COSCAP Handbook

Members may access the COSCAP Handbook here.

Job Descriptions Resource Booklet

COSCAP has compiled a booklet containing job descriptions for relevant central office positions from a wide variety of school districts. The booklet is available for download here.