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2013 IASB JOINT ANNUAL CONFERENCE


Holly Jack Outstanding Service Award

Geneva Secretary Wins Holly Jack Outstanding Service Award

Pam Burgeson, board secretary and administrative assistant to the superintendent of Geneva Community Unit School District 304, was honored as the recipient of the fifth annual Holly Jack Outstanding Service Award during the third general session of the 2013 IASB/IASA/IASBO Joint Annual Conference.

The Holly Jack Award recognizes the demanding work of school district and board secretaries. Nominees must demonstrate performance, initiative, innovation, staff development, self-improvement, passion, and dedication.

District 304 Superintendent Kent Mutcher and school board members nominated Burgeson for the award, referring to her work for the district as “indispensable.” In the nominating letter endorsing Burgeson for the honor, the board of education commented on her “poise, responsiveness and utmost professional attitude” during her service to the district.

“It is very gratifying to know that the board members, administrators, and coworkers who nominated me believe that I demonstrate the qualities and characteristics exhibited by Holly Jack,” Burgeson said on Sunday, Nov. 24, at the Third General Session of the conference. “I have gotten a glory in the work that I do and I hope that each of you get a glory, too. I’m honored to be the 2013 recipient of the Holly Jack Outstanding Achievement Award and to be part of IASB’s 100 th Anniversary celebration.”

Burgeson noted that she has personally benefitted from the publications and materials of IASB for over a quarter of a century, listing as “particularly helpful” the Illinois School Board Newsbulletin and the Illinois School Board Journal, and the Guide to Successful School Board Meetings. She added: “My copy of the Guide is covered with Post-it notes on every square inch.”

Burgeson was chosen from a group of 35 nominees to receive the award. She has served as administrative assistant to four superintendents, worked with 31 individual school board members on her local board and attended more than 750 school board meetings for District 304. Burgeson plans to retire in June of next year after 33 years with the district.

“Secretaries have a very symbiotic relationship,” she continued. “We mentor each other and we share our workloads, our talents, our knowledge, and our expertise. We are the custodians of minutes, records, and the district’s history. Being prepared clearly must be part of a secretary’s DNA code.”

The Geneva K-12 district, located in the Kishwaukee division, has an enrollment of 6,000 students. The district encompasses 23 square miles, serving students in nine school buildings.

Nominations were made by district superintendents and school board presidents. A committee composed of individuals representing school board members, superintendents, district administrative assistants, and IASB administrative assistants reviewed nominee applications and choose a winner in late October.  

The award was created to honor the memory of the late Holly Jack, a long-time IASB employee, who served as a field services administrative assistant and was instrumental in developing the secretaries’ professional development programming that is offered at the Conference.

The award honors Holly Jack’s dedicated contributions to IASB, and recognizes the exemplary work and valuable service provided by secretaries who serve their local boards of education.

 

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