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Ronald E. Everett Distinguished Service Award

Gurnee administrator honored for leadership

Barry A. Bolek, retired assistant superintendent of finance at Township High School District 113, Highland Park, was recognized as this year’s Ronald E. Everett Distinguished Service Award winner during the third general session of the IASB/IASA/IASBO Joint Annual Conference.

The award, presented annually by the Illinois Association of School Business Officials, “honors diligence, superior performance and service to the school business public.” It was created to recognize the 24 years of service that Everett provided to Illinois ASBO as executive director.

“Barry has been with District 113 for his whole career now, and so he is very familiar with what it is like to have been a teacher, and move through the ranks to become an assistant superintendent, and for me he has been really valuable,” said his superintendent, George Fornero, in a video message aired at the general session on Sunday morning.

“He is very familiar with the budgeting process, and it is second nature to him. But a lot of the things I have relied on him for arose from that institutional knowledge, and past success,” Fornero said.

“He doesn’t necessarily think about next year’s budget, he looks at how that will impact the next three to five years, and so on,” Fornero added.

Bolek has worked in District 113 since 1984, and he had served as assistant superintendent for finance for the past 13 years.

An Illinois ASBO member for over a decade, Bolek previously served as an Association Director in 2015 and 2016.


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