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 April:
Apr 1, 2013
Owen Marsh, who had been elected IASB president in November 1964, died in his sleep of a heart attack while attending the Illinois Education Association conference in Chicago. First vice president Martin Cassell of Barrington assumed his duties.
Apr 2, 2013
A 20 percent increase in IASB member dues was “overwhelmingly” approved at the 1964 annual meeting. The increase would go into effect Oct. 1, 1965, to help fund division expansion expenses and talk of new offices for the Association.
Apr 3, 2013
In October 1936, 33 federal Public Works Administration projects were under construction for a total of $9,518,413. They included 22 Illinois high school projects, 38 elementary projects, a public library and a junior high school, among others.
Apr 4, 2013
G.F. Gurrie, auditor of school treasure accounts in Lyons Township, received an honorary IASB membership at the Annual Meeting in 1936, recognizing his service to strengthen the Association and encouraging others to follow his example.
Apr 5, 2013
Per exhibitor requests, the IASB Annual Meeting was moved from its traditional Sunday through Tuesday to Saturday through Monday for 1965. Registration and exhibits opened at noon on Saturday.
Apr 6, 2013
In December 1965, the Association moved from 223½ E. Washington St. to 600 E. Ash St., Suite 330, Iles Park Place. The phone number added an area code and two-digit prefix but the last five digits remained the same: 217-528-9688.
Apr 7, 2013
Two Wheeling High School musical groups, The Notables (girls) and The Master Singers (boys), performed for the Ladies Luncheon at the 1965 Annual Conference. Tickets were $3.75 each.
Apr 8, 2013
In December 1965, six IASB research bulletins were offered for sale. Topics were mobile home taxation, high school dropouts, collective bargaining, tax extensions, married and pregnant students and junior college districts.
Apr 9, 2013
All spring division meetings in 1966 centered on a theme of “Federal-State-Local Educational Responsibilities.” They all opened with a general session speaker and small group discussions and dinner, followed by another speaker and more group discussions.
Apr 10, 2013
The largest decrease in the number of Illinois school districts through mergers and consolidations occurred during school year 1947-48 when 3,349 districts ceased to exist as separate entities.
Apr 11, 2013
During 1964-65, Illinois saw 31,491 students (18,753 boys and 12,738 girls) drop out of school. Most of these boys quit in their junior year; most girls quit in their senior year.
Apr 12, 2013
The April 1966 issue of the School Board News Bulletin urged members to share their five-digit ZIP (Zone Improvement Plan) code number to ensure delivery of the bulletins in a timely manner.
Apr 13, 2013
Ray Page, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, reported that funds for state aid to public schools might fall $30 million short of meeting payments for the biennium ending June 30, 1967. The total appropriation had been $559 million.
Apr 14, 2013
In 1966, 16 counties out of 102 accounted for 78% of all the pupils in Illinois: Cook (44%); DuPage, Kane, Will, and McHenry (14%); Winnebago, Peoria, Rock Island, Champaign, Sangamon, Macon, Tazewell, LaSalle, and Vermillion (14%); and Madison and St. Clair, (6%).
Apr 15, 2013
New board member workshops held in four locations — Carbondale, Moline, Chicago and Springfield — during July 1966 all featured sessions on “Educational Leadership of School Boards” and “Educational Leadership Responsibilities of School Boards.”
Apr 16, 2013
Illinois received $5.8 million in federal Head Start funds in 1966 for pre-school summer programs for 35,831 children. The funding also paid for medical and dental exams.
Apr 17, 2013
In 1966, statutory limitations on construction projects financed with Illinois School Building Commission funds were $13 per sq. ft. for elementary schools; $14 per sq. ft. for junior high buildings and $14.50 per sq. ft. for high schools.
Apr 18, 2013
Non-teaching employees at Illinois public schools were included in the new federal minimum wage law that went into effect Feb. 1, 1967. Minimum wage was set at $1 per hour with a planned increase of 15 cents each year until 1971.
Apr 19, 2013
The Association joined with the Illinois Congress of Parents and Teachers and the Illinois Education Association in the mid-1960s to co-sponsor a weekly statewide radio tape service, “Education News Special.” Each four-minute segment featured someone making news in education.
Apr 20, 2013
In 1966, IASB became the first state school board association to go on record in favor of allowing teachers to have the right “to join, assist or participate in any employee organization of their choosing,” if it was compatible with Illinois law.
Apr 21, 2013
IASB officers elected in 1966 were John Illyes, Palestine, president; Robert Jamieson, Peoria, vice president; George Wirth, New Athens, vice president; and Stephen Doty, Lawrenceville, Edward Epstein, Crete-Monee, Roy Jones, Hillside, and Howard Koerner, Sidney, directors-at-large.
Apr 22, 2013
Due to a “disastrous fire” at the National Housewares Manufacturers Association exhibits at McCormick Place on Jan. 16, 1967, the Tri-County Division winter meeting, scheduled for February, was moved to Proviso East High School in Maywood.
Apr 23, 2013
On July 1, 1967 new wage requirements went into effect with a minimum salary for teachers with no degree at $5,000 a year, a bachelor’s degree at $5,600 and a master’s degree at $6,000. Amounts for experience were added after five, eight and 13 years.
Apr 24, 2013
Gov. Otto Kerner signed a bill to amend the Illinois School Code in 1967 making Columbus Day, Oct. 12, a legal school holiday in Illinois beginning with the 1967-68 school year.
Apr 25, 2013
Of the 383 voting members at the 1967 Delegate Assembly, 376 voted in favor of a two-step process to increase Association dues 25% in 1968 and an additional 15% in 1969 to cover expenses incurred by increased demand for Association services.
Apr 26, 2013
Illinois piloted a school breakfast project at nine schools in 1966-67. At that time, schools were serving lunch to 661,120 students each day. School lunches for the year consumed 186 million cartons of milk and more than 33.4 million pounds of food, costing $8,663,651.
Apr 27, 2013
Illinois property valuations rose 39.7% between 1955 and 1965, or $27.6 billion to $38.5 billion, while taxes generated from those valuations rose 99.7%, or $845 million to $1.6 billion.
Apr 28, 2013
John Illyes, IASB president, Palestine, and Robert Jamieson, vice president, Peoria, were delegates to the 1968 NSBA conference in Detroit. Alternates were directors-at-large Roy Jones, Hillside, and Howard Koerner, Sidney.
Apr 29, 2013
New board member workshops were scheduled in April, May and June 1968 at Rich Central High School, Olympia Fields, at Barrington Consolidated High School, at Bradley University in Peoria, and at the Holiday Inn Motel in Effingham.
Apr 30, 2013
Joseph Ackerman retired from the Elmhurst SD 46 school board in 1968 after 23 years. He also had served on IASB’s board of directors for 20 years, as Association vice president and president and as president of the National School Boards Association.
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