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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 March:

Mar 1, 2013
Reorganization of IASB’s division structure resulted in 17 divisions for fall 1959 meetings. Among the new divisions: Three Rivers, Corn Belt, Kaskaskia, Kishwaukee, Shawnee, Two Rivers and Western.

Mar 2, 2013
Two of IASB’s 12 custodial workshops were scheduled for fall 1959 in the two newly built high schools in Decatur (Eisenhower and MacArthur).

Mar 3, 2013
Reid R. Tombaugh, Pontiac, was chosen as chairman of IASB’s newly appointed 24-member Revenue Committee, which met April 2, 1960, to study the question of revenue reform as set out in a resolution adopted at the 1959 conference.

Mar 4, 2013
Members of the 1960 Resolutions Committee were: Henry W. Parsons of Moline, D.M. Rutherford of Mt. Vernon, Jay T. Fulk of Decatur, John Illyes of Palestine, and Elisabeth Lyman of Urbana. IASB President Joseph Ackerman was an ex-officio member.

Mar 5, 2013
At the 1960 Annual Conference, a first-time attendee stopped by registration to say he had come with some doubts but he “had learned more and believed attendance at this meeting was a must for each member of his board in the future.”

Mar 6, 2013
Tinley Park SD 140, Kinnikinnick CCSD 131 and Ringwood GSD 34 joined IASB in June 1961 to push membership in the organization to 1,000 — 94 school districts, three non-high school districts and 43 county boards of school trustees.

Mar 7, 2013
Charles R. Gibson, who had served as IASB treasurer since 1946, died August 31, 1961. He had been a long-time member of the Franklin High School board and helped to organize the Franklin Community Unit School District. He was 75.

Mar 8, 2013
Panel sessions at the 1961 Conference included: “Effective Education in Small Districts,” “Interpreting the Budget,” “What Board Members Need to Know About Costs in Education,” and “Can we Justify the Cost of Air-Conditioned Schools.”

Mar 9, 2013
Beginning with the January/February 1962 issue, The Illinois School Board Journal increased in size from 6 by 9 inches to 8½ by 11 inches, which is the size of the current magazine. A new cover design was also approved.

Mar 10, 2013
IASB published a “Statement of Principles and Procedures for Effective Cooperation Between a Board of Education and Its Chief Administrator’ in 1955 and, because of requests, reprinted it in the January 1962 issue of the School Board News Bulletin.

Mar 11, 2013
Illinois school boards and administrators were cautioned to anticipate a 15 percent reduction in state aid claims when they prepared their budgets for 1963, because the Retailers’ Occupation and Use Taxes had declined by $3.8 million in 1961.

Mar 12, 2013
Illinois delegates to the National School Boards Association in St. Louis in 1962 were invited to breakfast on April 13 at the Sheraton-Jefferson Hotel. Cost, which included tax and gratuity, was $2.75 per person.

Mar 13, 2013
Changes in postal regulations in 1962 resulted in a plea from IASB to provide post office box and RFD (rural free delivery) route numbers to prevent bulk mailing from being returned at 8 cents each when they only cost 1¼ cents to mail.

Mar 14, 2013
In fall 1961, Illinois had 1,293,762 elementary pupils and 516,302 secondary pupils enrolled in public schools, exceeding building capacities by 94,437.

Mar 15, 2013
Of the 53,110 elementary teachers and 23,277 secondary teachers in 1961, 5,209 and 602 teachers, respectively, were reported to be teaching on substandard credentials. IASB was studying teacher availability in the state.

Mar 16, 2013
In April 1962, IASB announced a new booklet on school board elections would be mailed automatically to each member school board and to the district’s attorney upon request.

Mar 17, 2013
In May 1962, it was reported that 40,436 Illinois high school students had left high school in the four-year period of 1957-61. Dropout rates by county ranged from a high of 47 percent to a low of 16 percent for a 32 percent average.

Mar 18, 2013
The 48th Annual Conference attendance set records in 1962 with more than 4,000 school board members, superintendents, guests, and exhibitors registered. The conference, held at the Sherman House in Chicago.

Mar 19, 2013
At the 1962 Annual Conference in Chicago, members of IASB’s Delegate Assembly went on record as “opposing any school district reorganization legislation based only upon student enrollment or geographic location.”

Mar 20, 2013
A total of 425 Illinois school board members attended the National School Boards Association meeting in Denver in 1963. Only California had more registered delegates. The Illinois breakfast attracted 127 guests.

Mar 21, 2013
Governor Otto Kerner followed through on his 1963 promise to veto any bill not included in his budget. That meant state equalization per pupil aid did not increase from $252 to $297 as had been proposed.

Mar 22, 2013
Illinois Gov. Otto Kerner urged schools to close on Nov. 25, 1963, following the assassination of President Kennedy. Bills were introduced in the General Assembly to shorten the school year from 177 to 176 days so schools would not have to make it up.

Mar 23, 2013
Headquarters for IASB guests and staff at the 1964 NSBA conference in Houston, Texas, were in the El Vaquero Room at the Rice Hotel. The room was open and staffed from Saturday until Tuesday for members’ convenience as a place to meet.

Mar 24, 2013
Voting delegates to the 1964 NSBA conference in Houston, Texas, were Reid Tombaugh, IASB president, Pontiac, and Owen R. Marsh, vice president, Springfield. Alternates were Joseph Ackerman, immediate past president, and Howard Koerner, board of directors representing the Illini Division.

Mar 25, 2013
Edward C. Epstein, a member of the Crete-Monee school board, was a moderator at the 1964 NSBA conference in Houston, Texas, for a clinic on “School Board—Teacher—Superintendent Relations.”

Mar 26, 2013
Joseph Ackerman, IASB past president, was elected second vice president of NSBA at that organization’s 1964 conference in Houston, Texas. He had served four years on the NSBA representing the Midwest are before his election.

Mar 27, 2013
A 1964 new board member workshop at Grant Junior High in Springfield drew 137 attendees on a “hot and humid” day. IASB was looking into three locations for 1965 — north, central and south — with the promise of “air-conditioned accommodations.”

Mar 28, 2013
October 11-17, 1964, was proclaimed Illinois School Lunch Week, by Gov. Otto Kerner, following the lead of President Lyndon Johnson for National Lunch Week. Illinois had 2,768 public and private schools in the National School Lunch program.

Mar 29, 2013
The theme for IASB’s 50th Annual Conference in 1964 was “Education’s Responsibility to Insure Our Future and to Cherish Our Heritage.” The meeting was to be held at the Sherman House in Chicago, November 22-24.

Mar 30, 2013
After 12 years at 223½ E. Washington, Springfield, the Association began to talk about the need for bigger offices. “Our work room and committee room … are becoming too small to efficiently take care of our operations,” wrote Robert Cole, executive director.

Mar 31, 2013
“Monday morning, November 23, all ladies present at the convention are urged to attend the Ladies’ Breakfast at 7:45 a.m. Wives of board members and lady board members are especially invited.” — School Board News Bulletin, October 1964


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