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Lighting the Way for 100 Years: 1913-2013

Facts From Our 100 Year History

The 100-year history of the organization is being celebrated throughout the 2013 calendar year. Various activities and events have been planned to observe this milestone. Several publications will also be used to chronicle the Association history, including a special commemorative book, a series of articles in The Illinois School Board Journal, and a daily log of facts that will appear on the home page of the IASB public website.

Archived daily facts for January:

Jan 1, 2013
Twenty-five school board members met in December 1913, and organize the Illinois State School Board Association. J.W. Wall, of Quincy, was elected the Association’s first president. Since then, more than 50 local school board members have served in the post.

Jan 2, 2013
IASB has had six full-time executive directors in its 100-year history. They are: Robert M. Cole, 1943-68; B.B. Burgess, 1969-1973; Harold P. Seamon, 1973-1989; Wayne L. Sampson, 1989-2000; Michael D. Johnson, 2000-2012; Roger L. Eddy, 2012 to present.

Jan 3, 2013
The first issue of the Illinois School Board Newsbulletin was published in November 1943. It has been continuously published since then, and Issue No. 732, to be published in November 2013, will mark 70 years as the Association’s member newsletter.

Jan 4, 2013
While public school enrollment has steadily increased, the number of school districts in Illinois has steadily decreased. The state’s school enrollment of 1,010,215 students was served by 11,825 school districts in 1913. Today, 866 districts serve 2,066,692 students.

Jan 5, 2013
The cost of educating Illinois students has grown substantially. In 1913, the state education budget was $47,039,549. In 2011-12, the state budget of $9,328,800,000 represented 32.3 percent of the total amount spent by all sources (state, federal and local).

Jan 6, 2013
“There was and is only one guarantee that a government of the people has, and that is the guarantee that public education offers, for it is only the educated who are capable of governing themselves,” IASB President Ira E. Garman, Bellwood, at the 25th annual convention in 1939.

Jan 7, 2013
The 15th annual convention, held Oct. 24-25, 1929, at the Hotel Pere Marquette, Peoria, also featured statewide meetings of community and township high schools, elementary schools, boards of directors, and districts in cities over 30,000 population.

Jan 8, 2013
The first home of IASB was space provided at the Urbana Free Library. Since 1935, IASB has been headquartered in Springfield and has been located in seven different buildings. The current headquarters at 2921 Baker Drive was opened in 2003.

Jan 9, 2013
IASB established an office in the Chicago area in 1934 when it merged with the Tri-County Association of School Boards. That office has been located in Lombard for 35 years. IASB has called a leased building at 1 East 22nd Street, Lombard, its Chicago home since 1997.

Jan 10, 2013
The theme for the 33rd annual conference, held Nov. 16-18, 1947 at the Congress Hotel, Chicago was "Substituting Facts for Guesswork: Legislation, Pensions, Curriculum, Public Opinion, and Related Problems." More than 1,000 school board members and administrators attended.

Jan 11, 2013
The annual conference of Illinois school boards has been held continuously since 1915. For the first 32 years, conferences rotated among Urbana, Springfield and Peoria. The first time it was held in Chicago was Nov. 16-18, 1937, at the Congress Hotel.

Jan 12, 2013
The U.S. Treasury Department ruled on Nov. 1, 1937 that the Illinois State School Board Association was exempt from federal income taxation. After a name-change, IASB was granted federal tax exemption on Oct. 30, 1943 and has had that status ever since.

Jan 13, 2013
Dr. Agnes Samuelson, superintendent of public instruction for Iowa schools, delivered the keynote address, “Unique Function of Education in American Democracy” at the 1937 Joint Annual Conference, held in Springfield.

Jan 14, 2013
IASB filed its articles of incorporation in December 1995. It received its inaugural Certificate of Incorporation from Secretary of State George Ryan on Jan. 22, 1996. The Association has been a not-for-profit corporation since that date.

Jan 15, 2013
B.B. Burgess of Lakeview served as vice president of IASB in 1949. He later became a field service director for the Association and in 1969 was appointed as IASB’s second full-time executive director, succeeding Robert M. Cole who retired after 26 years.

Jan 16, 2013
The annual conference of Illinois school boards has been held regularly in Chicago since 1937. However, it was convened twice out of state, at the Jefferson Hotel in St. Louis, Mo., in 1949 and 1952.

Jan 17, 2013
Jonathan Howe of Northbrook and Barbara Wheeler of Downers Grove have served as president of the Illinois Association of School Boards. Both have also served as president of the National School Boards Association.

Jan 18, 2013
IASB joined with three other states in 1940 to found the National Council of School Board Associations, precursor to the National School Boards Association. NSBA was located in Evanston until 1975, when it moved to Washington, D.C.

Jan 19, 2013
In 1993, IASB joined with the Illinois Association of School Administrators, the Illinois Principals Association and the Illinois Association of School Business Officials to form the Illinois Statewide School Management Alliance.

Jan 20, 2013
The cover page of the Illinois School Board Bulletin published in the 1930s proclaimed itself as the voice of Illinois school boards and: “Only through co-operation with one another can school boards render maximum service to their citizens.”

Jan 21, 2013
In September 1951, IASB reported that if it is necessary to continue to have special commissions (such as the Illinois Special Problems Commission), some thought should be given to a possible state board [of education].

Jan 22, 2013
A statewide campaign in 1960, sponsored by IASB, the Illinois Education Association, and Illinois Congress of Parents and Teachers, featured more than 350 roadside billboards with the message: Quality schools for all Illinois children: Support your schools!

Jan 23, 2013
IASB has had just four different logos since its founding. They were used from 1913-38, from 1938-69, from 1969-97 and from 1997 to the present. The third logo was the only one that did not feature a flame in the insignia.

Jan 24, 2013
When IASB moved to 223-225 E. Washington Street, Springfield, in 1952, Executive Director Robert Cole made certain everyone knew the new phone number was 8-9688. Those are still the last five digits of the Springfield number.

Jan 25, 2013
At the 1935 conference, Charles W. Roe, president of the Rockford School Board, called for more boards to affiliate with the state association and for a “more equitable distribution of tax money” for districts.

Jan 26, 2013
The first quarterly issue of the Bulletin, precursor to The Illinois School Board Journal, was mailed in March 1935 to 2,900 school board officials as well as the editors of 119 Illinois newspapers.

Jan 27, 2013
House Bill 175, approved in 1945, provided that all teachers employed full time would be paid an annual salary of at least $1,200, effective July 1, 1946, but two-thirds of schools reported paying male staff members a “differential” rate.

Jan 28, 2013
IASB used its newsletter to solicit districts for information on long-serving board members. The October 1945 issue reported that C.A. Darnell had been president of Plano School District 153 in Kendall County for 47 years.

Jan 29, 2013
Effective July 1, 1944, all pupils in public schools were directed to engage in daily courses of physical education “as soon as practicable.” Currently, Illinois is one of only six states to require physical education in grades K-12.

Jan 30, 2013
During 1946, the federal Civilian Production Administration prohibited building, repair or alteration of all public structures, including schools, for jobs costing more than $1,000 in order to transition from World War II to a peacetime economy.

Jan 31, 2013
A nationwide teacher shortage reached crisis proportions in 1946 as 20 percent of Illinois schools opened that fall without a complete staff and 53 percent of schools reported hiring teachers under emergency certificates.


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