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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 November:

Nov 1, 2013
On Nov. 1, 1969, IASB hired Gerald Glaub for a newly created position of director of publications and public relations. Glaub, who eventually carried the title of deputy executive director of member services, retired May 1, 2007 and continues to serve as a part-time Association publications consultant.

Nov 2, 2013
In 2004, the Joint Annual Conference program switched in size from 4 inches by 9 inches pocket-sized book to its current format of 5 ½ inches by 8 ½ inches. The book also used to be a one-color publication; it is now published with full process color.

Nov 3, 2013
Five pencil drawings of Illinois school buildings hang in the hallways at the Associations Springfield office. All were created by G. Howard Bud Thompson of Prophetstown, who served as IASB president in 1976-77.

Nov 4, 2013
A temporary state income tax surcharge in 1990 and 1991 generated $260 million a year for Illinois school districts, helping them reduce deficits and maintain existing programs.

Nov 5, 2013
The Illinois School Board Journal, which is published six times per year and is now in its 81st volume, has filled more than 3,000 pages since it was first published in 1935.

Nov 6, 2013
In 1991, IASB conducted its first televised workshop: an interactive program for school board candidates, produced in cooperation with Western Illinois University.

Nov 7, 2013
The Statewide School Management Alliance launched a faxed newsletter in 1983 to keep membership in the four partner organizations informed of legislative activity. The update currently is sent by e-mail weekly while the legislature is in session.

Nov 8, 2013
The school board elections in 1983 resulted in 13 new faces, or a 40 percent turnover on the IASB board of directors because a number of directors chose to retire from their local board. That included Elizabeth (Betty) Cleaver of Peoria, who was IASB immediate past president.

Nov 9, 2013
Robert Reich of Bourbonnais had served on his local board for 23 years when he was elected IASB president in 1991.

Nov 10, 2013
IASB communications staff and ComUnigraph Inc., received a Master Communicator Award of Merit for production of The Illinois School Board Journal in 1999 from the Association for Women in Communication.

Nov 11, 2013
In 1983, NSBA bestowed three outstanding service awards at its Federal Relations Network Conference. IASB president James Sanders gave two of them to members of the Illinois congressional delegation: Senator Charles Percy and Representative Paul Simon.

Nov 12, 2013
IASB Executive Director Hal Seamon was the first recipient of the Ben Hubbard Award, presented in 1983 by the Illinois State University College of Education for outstanding leadership and service to education in Illinois.

Nov 13, 2013
Shirley Chisholm, The first African American woman elected to Congress, spoke at the 1988 Joint Annual Conference in Chicago. She served New Yorks 12th Congressional district from 1969 to 1983 and made a bid for president in 1972.

Nov 14, 2013
Gus the custodian first appeared in The Illinois School Board Journal in September October 1971, as a humorous column was written by David Carr and Clifford Chaffee. The fictitious custodians commentary, In the boiler room, is currently written by Richard Smelter.

Nov 15, 2013
Happy School Board Members Day! This date was officially declared in 2007 by resolution of the Illinois General Assembly. The purpose was to help districts and communities understand and value the service of their local board members.

Nov 16, 2013
In 1975, IASB queried member districts and found that more than 80,000 man-hours of collective bargaining had been spent negotiating 260 contracts with board members, donating the equivalent of 3,052 workdays with no pay for their time.

Nov 17, 2013
Students from Dwight THSD 230 filled a student service club work requirement by stuffing envelopes with news releases at the 1984 Joint Annual Conference.

Nov 18, 2013
The September-October 1983 issue of The Illinois School Board Journal profiled Henry Vandenberg of Dolton, for serving 55 continuous years on the Dolton SD 149 board and then the Thornton THSD 205 board. He served on both boards at the same time for two years.

Nov 19, 2013
A short piece in the March-April 1983 issue of The Illinois School Board Journal gave definitions for computer, byte, and floppy disk to accompany an article about computer literacy.

Nov 20, 2013
IASB helped organize an Oct. 23, 1975 lobby day in Springfield, drawing thousands to protest cuts and prevail on lawmakers to restore $143 million in school funding. Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley provided a surprise appearance and pep talk.

Nov 21, 2013
A 1975 Newsbulletin article reviewed results of school referendums from 1969-70 through 1974-75, revealing a major decline in the number (96 to 62) and passage rates (51 to 37 percent).

Nov 22, 2013
In February 1977, Gov. James Thompson met with the IASB Board of Directors to exchange views and make his point that the states deficit spending trend (made possible by a hefty state surplus acquired three years earlier) had to stop.

Nov 23, 2013
In May 1977, the Association offered a workshop for board members and administrators on How to Conduct Low-Cost Public Opinion Polls.

Nov 24, 2013
Sterling Ambrosius retired as field services director in 1977, concluding a career in education spanning 49 years. A former teacher and superintendent, hed spent 11 years on staff and had previously served 15 years as an Augusta school board member.

Nov 25, 2013
IASBs Tri-County Division introduced a new organizational plan in 1971 calling for three major subdivisions, each with its own officers and board. The aim was to encourage active participation in IASB affairs by a larger number of board members.

Nov 26, 2013
A view from the Nations Capital was the title of a lively extemporaneous speech at the 1971 Joint Annual Conference by veteran news broadcaster David Brinkley, who co-anchored NBCs top-rated nightly news program, The Huntley-Brinkley Report, from 1956 until 1970.

Nov 27, 2013
Former Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev was a keynoter at the 2005 NSBA annual conference in San Diego. Gorbachev also met briefly with IASB officers, including President Ray Zimmerman, Executive Director Michael D. Johnson, Past President Christy Coleman, and Vice President Marie Slater.

Nov 28, 2013
Guests at IASBs Joint Annual Conference in 2005 included 12 rural elementary school leaders from Bangladesh, who participated in a sampling of 16 Conference events, including panel sessions on board leadership, and the role of school boards in a democracy.

Nov 29, 2013
U.S. Senator Daniel P. Moynihan told an FRN lobbying conference in January1986. Projected cuts in federal aid to education under the Gramm-Rudman deficit reduction plan could mean effectively the end of federal assistance to education.

Nov 30, 2013
IASB announced a property/casualty insurance pool in October 1986 to help solve school district insurance woes that had surfaced nationwide in 1985. To create the program the association set up an intergovernmental cooperative made up of local school boards.


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