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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 July:

Jul 1, 2013
Nearly 300 Illinois board members and administrators attended the 1993 NSBA convention in Anaheim, California. Keynote speakers included British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and U.S. Secretary of Education Richard Riley.

Jul 2, 2013
The theme of the 1993 Joint Annual Conference was “Dream Catchers for Tomorrow.” The conference featured pre-conference workshops on topics such as ‘meeting the media’ and ‘board ethics.’ It also featured a ‘spouse’s breakfast’, which included a fashion show from Saks’ Fifth Avenue.

Jul 3, 2013
The theme for the 1959 Joint Annual Conference was “Educating Today’s Youth for Tomorrow.” Panel topics included school safety, gifted education, policy development, graduation requirements and many others that still demand attention today.

Jul 4, 2013
The first issue of the Bulletin of the Illinois State School Board Association was published in 1935. The issue was a report of the 1934 Convention Proceedings. Subscriptions to the Bulletin cost $2 a year; it was published quarterly.

Jul 5, 2013
Membership with the Illinois State School Board Association in 1934 stood at 311 member districts. The central idea on which the Association was founded was that school board officials can render better service to their communities by cooperation with one another.

Jul 6, 2013
On July 6, 1964, Patricia Culler was hired at IASB as assistant to Sam Bishop, director of research and lobbying. Culler is currently assistant to the executive director and director meetings management.

Jul 7, 2013
In 1934, the Association maintained “a School Legislative Service and flows all legislation affecting school districts, fosters legislation helpful to school district and works for the defeat of legislation detrimental to them.”

Jul 8, 2013
Annual dues for active members in 1934 were set at $5 for Boards of Directors and $10 for Boards of Education. Dues for an associate membership was $5. The graduated schedule of dues was based on the assessed valuation of each school district.

Jul 9, 2013
At the president’s annual address at the 1934 convention, President W.F. Confrey of LaSalle stated that the biggest issue facing education in Illinois is “ready money. It is imperative that some provision be made for immediate relief in that form if we want to see our schools back in the running.”

Jul 10, 2013
During the 1933-34 school year, the Association mailed 10,418 communications to members on membership, convention, legislation, federal CWA (Civil Works Administration), and miscellaneous matters.

Jul 11, 2013
At the 1934 annual banquet, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction Francis G. Blair pointed out that the trend of education was to “remove the field of human affairs from a condition of uncertainty and change to a condition of certainty and controlled human welfare.”

Jul 12, 2013
In 1934, Illinois had over 39,000 elected school board members and 12,000 school boards. President Leo Chulock of Maywood addressed the convention on the topic of improving membership: “It is up to you school board members to see that this organization increases its membership, increases its funds.”

Jul 13, 2013
President Leo Chulock of Maywood proposed at the 1934 convention that the Association should have a monthly service bulletin devoted exclusively to school board problems. It would contain reports on legislation, communications from the Association and report on general problems in schools. And so the Illinois School Board Newsbulletin was born.

Jul 14, 2013
Governor Henry Horner extended greetings to the 1934 assembled delegates. He indicated that the educational leaders of the state would have his whole-hearted cooperation on any sound, sane and sensible plan for the improvement of the Illinois public educational system.

Jul 15, 2013
In early 1936, regional meetings were held in the following locations in the southern part of the state: Marion, Mt. Vernon, Belleville and Alton. Other regional meetings were planned for every section of the state.

Jul 16, 2013
During the 1934-35 school year, the Association mailed 25,491 communications including information about membership (4,891 pieces), legislative (8,367), Bulletins (5,800), convention (3,557), general and personal (1,254) and notices (1,622).

Jul 17, 2013
Listed in the January 1936 Bulletin were 27 other state associations of school boards. Also listed was the American Association of Women School Board Members.

Jul 18, 2013
The spring dinner meeting of the Tri-County division in 1948 featured the Honorable Hubert H. Humphrey, mayor of Minneapolis as a keynote speaker. According the meeting brochure, “he is a dynamic speaker and we can rest assured that he will have a real message for us.”

Jul 19, 2013
The spring 1948 Tri-County dinner meeting featured breakout sessions on the place of athletics in schools, boards and teachers working together, insurance programs, building planning programs and school legislation.

Jul 20, 2013
Breakout sessions at the spring 1949 dinner meeting for the Tri-County division included patterns in school consolidation, the school’s responsibility in guiding “the whole child”, improving teaching standards, school buildings and delinquent tax property.

Jul 21, 2013
The featured speaker at the 1949 fall tri-county division meeting was Illinois congressman Everett M. Dirksen. “Mr. Dirksen is a keen observer of world events and a thoughtful student of national affairs. We can count on him to bring a stimulating and challenging message.”

Jul 22, 2013
IASB has engaged in new board member training for many years. A topic of a breakout session at a 1950 division dinner meeting: “Good procedures get things done…a clinic for new board members and others still learning.”

Jul 23, 2013
Breakout workshops at the 1957 spring Tri-County division meeting included techniques of education, what’s new in school building design, the necessity of business managers, self-contained classrooms, pupil transportation, community participation, and athletics in elementary and junior high schools.

Jul 24, 2013
In 1957, school boards were encouraged to invite key members of its custodial staff to a workshop for school custodians. Topics included heating, plumbing and ventilating, general maintenance and electric maintenance.

Jul 25, 2013
The 1970 Tri-County spring dinner meeting featured Governor Richard B. Ogilvie as keynote speaker. He highlighted as part of his inaugural address a top priority of increased state aid to elementary and secondary schools.

Jul 26, 2013
In January, 1985, 31 Illinois school districts filed suit against asbestos manufacturers to recover the cost of removing or containing asbestos in their buildings. IASB organized the group of school districts, calling it the Illinois Coordinated Asbestos Litigation Project.

Jul 27, 2013
IASB presented a legislative forum/workshop in 1985 featuring breakout sessions on lobbying and grassroots networking and a keynote address called “education’s year of decision: forecasts from key movers and shakers.” The keynote speakers included Senator Art Berman, Representative Loleta Didrickson and Ted Sanders, state superintendent of education.

Jul 28, 2013
The 1985 Joint Annual Conference featured a Saturday evening dance held in the Empire Room of the Palmer House. Another special event featured was a look ‘behind the scenes at the Palmer House’. “Running a large hotel is like running a small city—and a member of the Palmer House staff will relate interesting an unusual highlights.”

Jul 29, 2013
IASB’s second annual Lobby Day, held May 15, 1985, featured more than 700 board members and administrators. This event featured legislative leaders discussing the outlook for school funding, tours of key Capitol points of interests and speaking to lawmakers.

Jul 30, 2013
A school board member and former teacher were among those held hostage aboard a TWA jet hijacked to Beirut. Dorothy Sullivan, a member of the Aurora East board and Isabel Carpio, a former teacher, were unharmed and were among the first hostages released.

Jul 31, 2013
The 1985-86 school year was the first year that Casmir Pulaski Day was a legal school holiday. IASB urged Governor Thompson to delay the effective date of the bill for one year to avoid the necessity of a mid-year calendar change, but he chose to leave the effective date as is.


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