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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 October:

Oct 1, 2013
Over 900 Illinois school board members and administrators attended the 2010 NSBA Annual Conference, held in Chicago. Attendees heard general session speakers Charlie Rose, Wynton Marsalis and Apple Computer co-founder Steve Wozniak.

Oct 2, 2013
The theme of the 4th Biennial LeaderShop Academy Symposium was “Building Trust through Transparency.” The keynote speaker was former state legislator and publisher Jim Nowlan. He called for boards to be more transparent in their work.

Oct 3, 2013
IASB hosted a delegation of educational leaders from Egypt in November 2007. The visitors learned about the role of school boards and local control from Executive Director Michael D. Johnson. The delegates represented federal and district school systems from across Egypt and many were former teachers.

Oct 4, 2013
The theme for the 3rd biennial LeaderShop symposium was “finding common ground between public education and business leadership.” Attendees heard from former superintendent Ray Lauk and business leader Lawrence Baskin. Their messages including helping members learn to focus and have a sense of urgency about their work.

Oct 5, 2013
IASB launched a redesign of its website in the fall of 2007. The redesign allowed IASB to present a cleaner look, with the key information organized into five main headings: member services, policy services, school law, governmental relations, and board training.

Oct 6, 2013
Over 300 board members were recognized at the 2007 fall division dinner meetings as achieving or maintaining Master Board Member status. This program recognizes board members for their service and participation in various IASB and/or NSBA activities within and beyond their local districts.

Oct 7, 2013
The spring 2007 division meetings featured sessions for potential first-time board members. Candidates were invited for dinner and for discussions about the roles and responsibilities of board service. They also discussed with IASB field service directors about what to expect if elected.

Oct 8, 2013
Illinois delegates to the 2007 Federal Relations Network conference heard from keynote speakers Senator Edward Kennedy and Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings. Both spoke about public education concerns and about the No Child Left Behind Act. Delegates also met with their local legislators to speak about concerns.

Oct 9, 2013
Nearly 400 Illinois board members attending NSBA’s 67th Annual Conference in San Francisco heard from general session speakers former President of South Africa, F.W. de Klerk; former President Bill Clinton; actress Jamie Lee Curtis; and Erin Gruwell, who spoke at the 2006 Joint Annual Conference.

Oct 10, 2013
In the summer of 2007, IASB offered workshops for board secretaries on the topics of the Open Meetings Act, the Freedom of Information Act and e-mail uses. Presenters schooled secretaries on how to respond to requests as well as the intricacies of the laws.

Oct 11, 2013
In 1990, IASB government relations staff began investigating a new early childhood education program known as HIPPY, or Home Instruction Program for Preschool Youngsters. The HIPPY program was designed to help mothers in low-income areas prepare their children to enter school.

Oct 12, 2013
In 1978, IASB offered three, four-day clinics on Basic Bargaining Skills in Collinsville, Bloomington and Willowbrook. The training clinics included mock bargaining sessions, insight into the psychology of negotiating, contract language, strategy and tactics, and an analysis of model teacher union proposals.

Oct 13, 2013
In 1975, IASB contracted with R.E. Harrington, Inc., an unemployment compensation management firm, to provide an unemployment compensation control service for member districts in order to minimize costs.

Oct 14, 2013
In 1980, IASB presented the first Distinguished Service Awards to six individuals for their efforts contributing to the advancement of this Association and the cause of local school boards. They included Karen Bayer, David Carr, Clifford Chaffee, David Elder, Benjamin Hubbard, and Roberta Pearson.

Oct 15, 2013
An IASB survey conducted in 1975 asked school districts about their policies regarding corporal punishment. Of the 610 responses, 44 districts outright prohibited corporal punishment, 289 districts regulated or restricted the use, and 277 districts had no board policy on the use of corporal punishment.

Oct 16, 2013
In 1977, the IASB Board of Directors approved a plan to establish a subsidiary organization called the School Management Foundation of Illinois (SMFI) to assist boards with collective bargaining and improve school management through research, training programs and direct services.

Oct 17, 2013
In 1975, IASB executive director Harold Seamon was selected by State Superintendent Joseph Cronin to serve on a team established to implement a variety of reforms for East St. Louis School District 189 in response to corruption convictions of four board members and two business officials.

Oct 18, 2013
In 1980, IASB launched AMICUS, an employee benefit plan that allows boards to take advantage of lower rates offered by self-insured programs. AMICUS allowed districts to either maintain their current benefit packages or tailor their employee benefit plan to suit local needs and reduce costs.

Oct 19, 2013
Former IASB president Robert Jamieson received numerous accolades in 1975. He was selected to serve on Illinois first State Board of Education, received the Bnai Brith Foundation Man of the Year award, and the Peoria Board of Education announced that it would be naming a school in his honor.

Oct 20, 2013
On October 23, 1975, 5,000 individuals attended Education Day in Springfield to protest Governor Dan Walkers cuts to education funding. The lobbying effort was a joint mission by the Committee for Full Funding, the Chicago Board of Education and IASB.

Oct 21, 2013
Joseph Ackerman served as president for both the Illinois Association of School Boards, from 1958 to 1960, and National School Boards Association, 1966 and 1967. A well-known agricultural economist and former president of the American Agricultural Economists Association, he also served as local school board president in his hometown of Elmhurst from 1950 to 1968.

Oct 22, 2013
Earl Beling served as president of IASB from 1945 to 1947 and was the first honorary life member of the IASB Board of Directors. A leader in the school safety movement who helped draft the states first comprehensive fire safety codes for schools, he was a principal author of the Illinois school life-safety code.

Oct 23, 2013
In the twelve months between 1976 and 1977 IASB sent a total of 654,915 pieces of bulk mail, a twenty-five percent increase over the previous year. The average school board member received 35 pieces of mail that year, with IASBs postage cost totaling $40,000.

Oct 24, 2013
In March of 1979, IASB sponsored an art contest among fifth and sixth grade students of member districts. The purpose of the contest was to display art representing Illinois which would hang in the U.S. Office of Education and the National School Board Association offices in Washington, D.C.

Oct 25, 2013
In 2002, IASB began offering a service, School Board Policies Online, so that districts could maintain their policy manuals online. The service has grown to 82 current subscribers.

Oct 26, 2013
In 1988, IASB helped the Illinois Press Association plan a series of workshops on effective coverage of public schools. The workshops were attended by 184 reporters and editors.

Oct 27, 2013
Of Illinois1,010 school districts in 1982-83, 60 percent had 1,000 or fewer students, and only three districts had 25,000 students or more. In 2011, five districts had more than 25,000 students, and 52 percent had 1,000 or fewer.

Oct 28, 2013
The Carousel of Panels, a perennial favorite at Joint Annual Conference, was originally known as the Cracker Barrel session. The concept remains the same: attendees choose from a variety of presentations conducted simultaneously in one large room.

Oct 29, 2013
Today, a total of 73 full- and part-time employees at IASBs two offices have a combined experience level of 995 years with the Association. The longest is 49 years, while four employees have less than one year at IASB.

Oct 30, 2013
In 1990, IASB granted three honorary lifetime memberships: State Representative Gene Hoffman of Elmhurst for 23 years as a champion for education; Stuart Anderson, educational administration professor at Sangamon State University, and Dorothy Groh of Marissa for 19 years on her local board with only two meetings missed.

Oct 31, 2013
Four of IASBs six current field services directors served as school board members for local districts before becoming Association employees. IASB also employs several former superintendents and teachers.


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