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15 Districts Earn IASB Governance Recognition Honors

  • Date Posted
    October 16, 2020
  • Category
    News

Fifteen Illinois boards of education have been awarded IASB’s School Board Governance Recognition. The districts recognized for the honor have shown a commitment to the Foundational Principles of Effective Governance and continuous board development.

The two-year governance recognition focuses on full board development, rather than individual board member efforts. In order to be recognized, boards of education must show they have met specific goals aligned with the Foundational Principles. These requirements include communicating clear mission, vision, and goals, implementing a superintendent evaluation process, connecting with the community on important district issues, conducting regular policy reviews and updates, creating an orientation process for new board members, and adopting an agreed-upon code of conduct.

Boards must also participate in a number of events and activities that further board development and collaboration. Flexibilities were made to criteria this year to accommodate COVID restrictions that impacted in-person meetings. The criteria normally include requirements of holding an in-district workshop, having a representative present at each Division Meeting, and nominating a designee to attend the IASB Delegate Assembly and the Joint Annual Conference each year.

The 2020 School Board Governance Recognition honorees include:
  • Bloomingdale SD 13
  • Des Plaines CCSD 62
  • Fremont SD 79
  • Glen Ellyn SD 41
  • Grayslake CHSD 127
  • Indian Prairie CUSD 204
  • Lake Villa CCSD 41
  • Meridian CUSD 223
  • Paris Union SD 95
  • Prospect Heights SD 23
  • Round Lake CUSD 116
  • THSD 214, Arlington Heights
  • Washington SD 50
  • Wheaton Warrenville CUSD 200
  • Woodridge SD 68

Plaques for first-time winners, dates tabs for multi-time winners, and School Board Governance Recognition lapel pins have been mailed to the winning school boards. Recipients are also being recognized during the Virtual Division Meetings this fall.

Boards can earn the recognition once every two years. Districts that wish to apply are advised to compile their resource material on an ongoing basis to ensure that the criteria are completed by the required deadline. A checklist of board requirements and materials is available on the School Board Governance Recognition page of the IASB website.