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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 September:

Sep 1, 2013
March 2006 saw the release of a new book by IASB staff called “Coming to Order”. This book was designed to help school boards have better meetings. The new book addressed special topics including common time wasters, myths and truth, use of email, and orienting new board members.

Sep 2, 2013
IASB created and launched PRESS, the Policy Reference Education Subscription Service in 1993. The purpose was to create a policy encyclopedia that provided a comprehensive, easy to use, legally sound policy resource tool for school board members, administrators, school attorneys or anyone looking for well-reasoned sample policies.

Sep 3, 2013
In 1973, Harold “Hal” Seamon was named executive director of the Illinois Association of School Boards at the young age of 36, replacing B.B. Burgess. When Hal was named CEO, he took over an executive staff of seven.

Sep 4, 2013
The late Wayne L. Sampson, the fifth full-time executive director of IASB, was the only past president of the Association to also serve as executive director. Wayne led IASB from 1989 until his retirement in 2000.

Sep 5, 2013
During executive director Wayne Sampson’s 11 years with IASB, board membership grew from 92 to 97 percent, while the Association’s financial base also expanded rapidly, from $2.8 million to $5.5 million. Dues revenue grew by 3 percent and non-dues income increased by 140 percent.

Sep 6, 2013
Michael D. Johnson assumed the role of executive director on Sep. 1, 2000, making him the first superintendent to hold the position. Dr. Johnson earned his doctorate in School Administration at Illinois State University, taught students with behavioral disorders in Quincy, and served as superintendent in south suburban Evergreen Park, among serving in a number of other educational capacities over the years.

Sep 7, 2013
In both 1970 and 1971, The Illinois School Board Journal won the award for best state school boards magazine. In 1971, “From the Boiler Room,” written by the fictional school custodian, “Gus,” first appeared in The Journal and it remains a continued feature in the publication today.

Sep 8, 2013
The IASB board of directors in 1975 adopted a Code of Conduct for school board members. Among the guidelines listed; represent all district constituents honestly and equally, avoid any conflict of interest or appearance of impropriety, take no private action that might compromise the board or administration, and prepare for, attend and actively participate in school board meetings.

Sep 9, 2013
On July 1, 2012, Roger Eddy was named executive director of IASB, assuming the post vacated by the retirement of Michael D. Johnson. The former state lawmaker spent over 30 years in education, serving as a superintendent, principal, teacher, and coach.

Sep 10, 2013
IASB relocated its northern headquarters in 1978 from downtown Chicago to Lombard in suburban DuPage County. IASB continues to maintain an office in Lombard, however at a different location than the original.

Sep 11, 2013
IASB, along with the Illinois Press Association, presented the first Robert M. Cole Award for “outstanding coverage of school board issues” in 1980 to the St. Charles Chronicle.

Sep 12, 2013
In 1993, IASB joined forces with the Illinois Association of School Administrators (IASA), the Illinois Principals Association (IPA) and the Illinois Association of School Business Officials (Illinois ASBO) to form the Illinois Statewide School Management Alliance. The Alliance allowed each organization to better focus resources in a collaborative effort to produce policies that improve Illinois’ educational climate.

Sep 13, 2013
In 1993, corporal punishment was outlawed in Illinois schools. The new law stated that students should not be subject to “slapping, paddling or prolonged maintenance in physically painful positions.”

Sep 14, 2013
Governor Jim Edgar signed legislation in 1995 that banned persons of any age from using or smoking tobacco on school property. The law stated: “The school board may not authorize or permit any exception to or exemption from the prohibition at any place or at any time.”

Sep 15, 2013
In 1999, school board elections were moved from November to April of odd-numbered years, resulting in the elimination of the non-partisan election date. The date change created a lengthy conversion process that resulted in a seven-month gap from the election to seating of board members.

Sep 16, 2013
In 1997, the Illinois State Board of Education adopted comprehensive learning standards for what Illinois students must learn in English, language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, physical development and health, and the fine arts. Two years later, the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) was administered statewide in order to gauge student learning in relation to the newly learning standards.

Sep 17, 2013
In 1972, Illinois was spending $1,121 per child on education, with a foundation level of $520. By 2001 the average cost to educate a child in Illinois was $5,843, ranking the state 29th in per pupil funding. However, Illinois ranked third in the nation in regards to reliance on local funding, with the state ranked 49th in nation in relation to the share of state spending on education.

Sep 18, 2013
Former IASB Executive Director Emeritus Michael Johnson was honored during NSBA’s 2011 Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C. He won the Thomas A. Shannon Award for Excellence in School Boards Association Leadership.

Sep 19, 2013
Conference housing and registration forms were posted online for the first time in 2011. Forms were not mailed to districts; the change was made to more equitably provide the forms simultaneously to all school districts.

Sep 20, 2013
Effective July 2011, The Illinois School Board Newsbulletin became an online-only publication. The decision was made to allow for more timely reporting, to avoid delivery delays, to save the Association money and to reduce waste.

Sep 21, 2013
Four school boards were recognized in 2011 as recipients of the first “Governance Recognition Award.” This award was designed to acknowledge boards that have engaged in activities leading to excellence in local school governance.

Sep 22, 2013
All six issues of The Illinois School Board Journal in 2012 focused on how board can discuss the three R’s (reading, writing and arithmetic) and the three B’s (beans [finances], balls [extracurriculars] and buses [transportation]) without straying into staff work.

Sep 23, 2013
A new service from IASB’s governmental relations staff was introduced in 2012. Federal Legislative Reports highlight information regarding bills and any action taken on education issues of national interest. Reports are posted on the IASB website.

Sep 24, 2013
Beginning with the 2009 Joint Annual Conference, IASB has presented the Holly Jack Outstanding Service Award to a school district employee who does the work of the board secretary. This award was named for long-time employee Holly Jack, who was instrumental in promoting and developing the secretaries’ programs at Conference.

Sep 25, 2013
During the summer of 2009, IASB made available a new publication to assist boards with orientation when a new member joins the governance team. “Orienting New Board Members on the way to Becoming a High-Performing Board Team” outlines the ‘nuts and bolts work’ of school boards and included sample agendas for orientation sessions.

Sep 26, 2013
“Still in the Boiler Room,” a new compilation of “Gus” the custodian articles from The Illinois School Board Journal, was released in October 2009. This book organizes some of the best Gus columns into themed chapters.

Sep 27, 2013
The 2009 Joint Annual Conference set an attendance record with 12,379 people attending. The 77th Joint Conference was held Nov. 20-22, 2009, and drew nearly 89 percent, or 769 of the 868 public school districts.

Sep 28, 2013
IASB challenged itself in 2009 to increase the number of newly elected board members who received training within the first six months of board service. The “20% Challenge” campaign encouraged divisions to increase those attending training and nine divisions met or exceeded that challenge.

Sep 29, 2013
The popularity and use of the Association website was noticed in 2009 as the number of page views topped 1 million for the first time. The most popular pages, in addition to the home page, include the member directory and the Joint Annual Conference page.

Sep 30, 2013
IASB created and offered a new tool in 2010 to help school boards recruit candidates. “Recruiting School Board Candidates” featured information including a job description and characteristics of an effective member, why board members serve, where to find candidates, and an election timetable.


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