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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 May:

May 1, 2013
In 1967, Illinois had 6,454 governmental units, or 29% more than the next highest state (Pennsylvania) and 296% more than the average per state of 1,626. Hawaii had the least with 20. Of Illinois’ governmental units, 1,312 were public school districts.

May 2, 2013
In 1968, IASB supported legislation that would provide capital for construction of kindergarten classrooms in order to meet a September 1970 deadline that all school districts provide kindergarten classes. About 37% of districts did not offer kindergarten at the time.

May 3, 2013
The 1968 Annual Conference featured a tribute to Robert Cole, who retired December 31 as IASB’s executive director after serving 26 years. He promised, however, to be available as a consultant to the Association during the following year.

May 4, 2013
1968-69 IASB officers were: Robert Jamieson, president, Peoria; George Wirth, first vice president, New Athens; Edward Epstein, second vice president, Crete-Monee; and Roy Jones of Hillside, Howard Koerner of Sidney, Norris Brookens of Urbana, and William Bell of Rock Island, directors-at-large.

May 5, 2013
Illinois voters in 1968 approved the call for a Constitutional convention. IASB was one of 70 organizations that were instrumental in the passage of the proposal. The legislature would then set procedures to select two delegates from each of the 58 Senate districts.

May 6, 2013
An increase in Association dues in the mid-1960s made it possible for IASB to hire Oscar Chute to head a new research and project development department at IASB. Chute had been superintendent for many years at Evanston City Schools.

May 7, 2013
Jim Dodds, a member of IASB’s Springfield staff, was killed and his wife was seriously injured when their car collided with a truck on the way to a governing meeting for the Starved Rock Division on May 21, 1969.

May 8, 2013
When Illinois’ legislature considered adoption of the state income tax in 1969, Robert Jamieson of Peoria, IASB president, served as co-chair of the Committee for a Fair State Income Tax and spoke throughout the state about the issue.

May 9, 2013
IASB successfully opposed a statutory increase in teachers’ salaries and benefits in 1969, citing that such issues are “matters that should be determined at the local level … not the General Assembly.”

May 10, 2013
In 1969, the Rockford school board received a Thom McAnn National School Board Award presented by the National Education Association and the Thom McAnn Shoe Company. Selection was based on an in-service teacher program and a response to racial demands for local control.

May 11, 2013
Nov. 12, 1969: “Postage is rapidly becoming a major expenditure in the IASB budget. When possible, future mailings to the membership will be made Third Class. This policy is being instituted to conserve funds without curtailing dissemination of information.”

May 12, 2013
In 1970, IASB chartered three airplanes, two leaving from Chicago and the other from St. Louis, in order to save 639 school board members an estimated $19,000 for their trip to the NSBA conference in San Francisco.

May 13, 2013
Fall 1971 brought a reorganization of the Tri-County Division (DuPage, Lake and Cook counties), which was split into three subdivisions: South, North and Central. This was to allow more active participation in IASB affairs by a greater number of board members.

May 14, 2013
School districts were advised in August 1970 to check with their natural gas suppliers before drawing up any plans for new or converted gas heating systems as gas companies in Illinois found themselves with demands for gas that outstripped supplies.

May 15, 2013
All administrators, teachers and non-certified school employees were subject to the 90-day wage-price-rent freeze imposed by President Richard Nixon on Aug. 15, 1971. This power had been granted to the president by the Economic Stabilization Act of 1970.

May 16, 2013
The second general session at the 1971 Annual Conference offered music by the Kankakee school chorus and an opportunity to meet with Michael J. Bakalis, the 17th and youngest man (at age 33) to serve as Superintendent of Public Instruction in Illinois.

May 17, 2013
Panel session topics at the 1971 Annual Conference included: “Drug Abuse — A Continuing Problem;” “Racial Balance in the Schools;” “Employee Dismissal Problems;” “Duties of School Board Officers;” “Planning and Evaluating a Communications Program;” and “Selecting a Superintendent.”

May 18, 2013
IASB’s Executive Committee in 1972: Edward Epstein, Crete-Monee, president; Myron Clark, Wheaton, first vice president; Howard Koerner, Sidney, second vice president; George Wirth, immediate past president; Reid Tombaugh, Pontiac, appointed treasurer; and James Sanders, Marion; John Carey, Chicago, Lowell Fisher, Champaign, and Howard Thompson, Prophetstown, directors-at-large.

May 19, 2013
The IASB board of directors approved a new package of services dealing with collective bargaining to begin Jan. 1, 1972, and in conjunction with the Illinois Association of School Administrators and the Illinois Association of School Business Officials.

May 20, 2013
The December 1971 issue of the News Bulletin carried staff signatures as holiday greetings from IASB employees: B.B. Burgess, Stephen Doty, Sterling Ambrosius, Gerald Glaub, Betty Van Gundy, Rose Ryan, Patricia Culler, Eleanor Gerding, L.F. Parrish, Ronald Booth, Blanche Orcutt, Elsie Erickson, and Marion Hinds.

May 21, 2013
Hal Seamon, a staff member with the New Jersey School Boards Association, was named to succeed B.B. Burgess, who retired on Dec. 31, 1973. Seamon was selected from more than 100 candidates and actually joined the Association in March 1973 as “executive director-designee.”

May 22, 2013
The Sherman House indicated that the IASB Annual Conference would need to move for 1973 after the management announced the hotel was going to be torn down. Negotiations ended with the Palmer House chosen as the next conference headquarters.

May 23, 2013
The Education Testing Service reported in March 1973 that television could be an effective tool in helping first through fourth graders to learn to read. Their research was based on a major study of youngsters who watched the first year of “The Electric Company.”

May 24, 2013
According to the National Education Association for 1972, Illinois ranked fourth in the number of school districts (1,078), 45th in the percentage of students enrolled in public schools (84.2%) and eighth in public school revenue per pupil in ADA, $1,425.

May 25, 2013
Three Illinois districts were cited in 1973 by the U.S. Office of Education for “Educational Pacesetter Awards” for outstanding use of ESEA Title III grants to develop innovative solutions to education problems: Peotone CUSD 207, Chicago Public Schools and Lincoln CHSD 404.

May 26, 2013
Emergency legislation in June 1973 provided $300,000 in financial relief to Illinois schools suffering flood-related losses during torrential spring rains. Schools forced to close or operate with reduced attendance could get help, as could those falling short of the 180-day minimum term.

May 27, 2013
IASB president Edward Epstein of Crete-Monee was elected chairman of the Central Region for NSBA in summer 1973. The regional organization serves state school board associations in Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, Missouri, Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota, Indiana, and Kentucky.

May 28, 2013
Gerald Glaub, editor of The Illinois School Board Journal, was elected to a regional directorship of the Educational Press Association of America (EDPRESS) in summer 1973. As director, he represented Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin on the governing board.

May 29, 2013
Illinois Gov. Dan Walker signed a School Construction Bond Act in 1973 to provide for the sale of $400 million in bonds for new construction and rehabilitation of schools, as well as to help retire construction bonds issued in the previous four years.

May 30, 2013
Harold Seamon, IASB executive director, was appointed in 1973 to serve on a nine-member advisory committee on the energy shortage. Propane shortages seemed to be the biggest problem for existing buildings, but fuel of any type was short for new buildings.

May 31, 2013
A “hot line” was created by the Illinois Commerce Commission and the Department of Agriculture in 1973 for school districts that ran into fuel problems during the heating season and needed help tracking down a source of supply.


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