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Mt. Vernon Secretary Receives Holly Jack Award

Janet Miller, a 15-year veteran of the Mt. Vernon School District 80 administrative office, was recognized as the first recipient of the Holly Jack Outstanding Service Award.

The award was created to recognize outstanding work by a school board secretary in memory of a long-time IASB administrative assistant, Holly Jack, who was instrumental in organizing the professional development now offered for board/district secretaries at Joint Annual Conference. Jack died in 2008.

"It was a pleasure to work with Holly," Miller said. "She was a remarkable woman and an inspiration to many."

Miller added that the information and networking opportunities for board secretaries at annual conference is a valuable resource, and it was Jack's leadership that resulted in the educational strand.

She credited her current superintendent Kevin Settle with challenging her to set high goals for herself and her former superintendent, Nick Osborne, for recognizing her potential as an administrative assistant.

Miller was chosen from among 22 applicants for the award and her selection was based on the criteria of performance, initiative, innovation, staff development, self-improvement, passion for public education and dedication.

Anna K. Lovern, IASB policy director, said many of the applicants were equal among the criteria, but that Miller also serves as a vital link between the district and community.

Lovern said the award honors Holly Jack's contribution and recognizes the service of local board secretaries. "We know what you do," Lovern said.

The award was presented Friday morning in front of 160 peers who had gathered for the sixth annual board/district secretaries' workshops. Michael D. Johnson, executive director emeritus of IASB, presented the award in an emotional ceremony for all.

Joining the ceremony were Holly Jack's husband, David, and their three children. Miller was also recognized by IASB President Joe Alesandrini at the third general session on Sunday.

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