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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 February:

Feb 1, 2013
The Egyptian Division met for the first time in 1946, joining Blackhawk and Tri-County as IASB’s first three divisions. No listing is given of the initial counties involved, but some traveled more than 100 miles to attend the meeting at West Frankfort Community High School.

Feb 2, 2013
The 1948 conference marked the first time the show hosted exhibitors. Attendees had to display a badge to enter the exhibit area “to keep the curious public from barging in and wasting exhibitors’ time.”

Feb 3, 2013
On March 31, 1948, representatives from Iroquois, Kankakee, Will and a portion of Ford counties met in Kankakee to form what was known then as the Wilrokee Division. It would later be reorganized into parts of the Three Rivers and Corn Belt Divisions.

Feb 4, 2013
By 1946, IASB employed a staff of six: Robert Cole, executive director; Morris Houser and Roy Fetherston, field services; Eileen Shields and Noramae Pause, secretaries; and Ed McCaffrey, consultant. Today it has 73 full- and part-time employees.

Feb 5, 2013
In 1936, Illinois ranked 36th in state funding for schools. The average for all states was $26.12 per student. That compared to $11.19 Illinois paid to local districts and Delaware, which ranked first in the nation, at $80 per student.

Feb 6, 2013
The annual conference did not always meet in the month of November. In 1919 the event was held in Champaign’s Beardsley hotel, October 29 and 30. Registrations hours were “1 to 1:30 o'clock” on a Wednesday.

Feb 7, 2013
The Blackhawk Division met for the first time April 10, 1946, in Moline with 180 school board members, administrators and high school principals from Henry, Mercer and Rock Island counties. Kenneth Teller of Cambridge was the first chairman.

Feb 8, 2013
The Egyptian Division met for the first time in 1946, joining Blackhawk and Tri-County as IASB’s first three divisions. No listing is given of the initial counties involved, but some traveled more than 100 miles to attend the meeting at West Frankfort Community High School.

Feb 9, 2013
Bayard Heath of Crawford County CUSD 2 was the first chairman when the Wabash Valley Division organized in the fall of 1949. Representatives from Clark, Cumberland, Effingham, Jasper, Crawford, Lawrence, Richland, Clay, Wabash and Edwards counties met in Olney.

Feb 10, 2013
The Abe Lincoln Division was created February 14, 1949, when representatives from Adams, Brown, Calhoun, Cass, Christian, Greene, Hancock, Jersey, Macoupin, Mason, McDonough, Menard, Montgomery, Morgan, Pike Sangamon, Schuyler and Scott counties met in Jacksonville.

Feb 11, 2013
The Northwest Division was created Feb. 5, 1948, when 126 representatives from Jo Daviess, Stephenson, Winnebago, Carroll, Ogle, Whiteside and Lee counties met in Mount Morris. A.R. Bogue of Rochelle was elected the first chairman.

Feb 12, 2013
The problems of small rural schools received the main attention at the association’s 1926 annual conference, held in Belleville. The program included addresses and discussion led by experts on “The Rural School Problem.”

Feb 13, 2013
In Illinois high school districts of fewer than 100 pupils, 62% of school board members were farmers in 1941, while 17% were business people. So said a University of Illinois study by Professor J.A. Clement and “high school visitor” A.W. Clevenger.

Feb 14, 2013
Sargent Shriver, president of the Chicago Board of Education, was a keynote speaker at the 1956 IASB Annual Conference. He was manager of the Merchandise Mart, owned by Joseph Kennedy Sr., and had married Kennedy’s daughter Eunice in 1953.

Feb 15, 2013
Donald M. Stevenson, Elburn, was president of IASB in 1956, but could not serve his year as past-president after a business transfer to Connecticut. A resolution at annual conference stated he would be missed and Illinois’ loss would be Connecticut’s gain.

Feb 16, 2013
Births continued to soar in 1956, with 2,600 more babies born in Illinois during the first six months of the year than in the same time in 1955. Many districts were concerned with how they would meet growing class sizes.

Feb 17, 2013
George Barr, superintendent at Silvis, clarified the difference between “policy” and “rule/regulation” with 1957 definitions: “Policy” is the “what to do” philosophy of the board; “Rule/Regulation” is the “how to do” that ensures a policy is carried out.

Feb 18, 2013
The July 1957 issue of the School Board News Bulletin was filled with bills enacted by the Illinois General Assembly that pertained to school districts. One provided for a lunch period of not less than 30 minutes for all schools with two or more teachers.

Feb 19, 2013
In order to alleviate congestion in front of the doors for the IASB Annual Banquet in 1957, tickets at $6 a plate were sold by table numbers on a “first-come, first-served” basis. Attendees were urged to get their orders in early.

Feb 20, 2013
The 1957 conference had 107 exhibitors and was open from noon to 8 p.m. on Sunday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, and 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesday. A stairway from the exhibit hall led down a floor to see new school buses.

Feb 21, 2013
IASB ended its 1956-57 fiscal year with $18,791.36 in assets and the same amount in liabilities. Net income was $102,033.71 against $102,306.11 in expenses for a deficit of $272.40 for the year.

Feb 22, 2013
Illinois, Indiana and Minnesota were chose in 1958 as the first three states to hear recommendations from James B. Conant, president-emeritus of Harvard University, regarding how to improve high school programs and get more students to college.

Feb 23, 2013
A ways and means committee appointed in 1958 proposed that the Association’s 11 regional divisions be redrawn into 17 divisions so that the greatest diagonal distance in any division was no more than 100 miles.

Feb 24, 2013
Board members were urged to “modernize their definition of ‘Better Schools’ and take a critical look at our educational offerings” in 1958, because students were contemplating rockets while adults seemed always to wax nostalgic about horse-drawn fire engines.

Feb 25, 2013
Panel sessions at the 1958 Annual Conference included: “Vocational Activities — Are They Vital?”; What Can School Boards Learn From Business?”; and “What are the Potentials of TV for Public Education?”

Feb 26, 2013
A survey on school finance distributed at fall divisions meetings in 1958 drew 2,501 responses from the 3,861 surveys distributed. More than 85% of board members who responded said present sources of state revenue were not sufficient.

Feb 27, 2013
Voters in Illinois approved 209 of 230 bond issues presented by school districts in 1958, accounting for $74.5 million in school construction in 57 counties. In addition, 99 of 120 educational tax rate increases were approved during the previous year.

Feb 28, 2013
In 1959, the 71st General Assembly was deemed to have “favorably supported” public education after state aid was given a new equalization of $252 per pupil and appropriations were increased 45% over the last biennial appropriation.


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