Historical Summary 1913-1929
1913 Twenty-five school board members meet in Quincy, December 12-13,
and organize the Illinois State School Board Association. J.W. Wall, of
Quincy, is elected first president. Topics discussed at that first meeting include:
- Some school board problems and how to solve them.
- Standardizing school accounting, school statistics, and office methods.
- The school board and vocational education.
- The wider use of school plants-legal use of school buildings.
- Prerogatives of the superintendent.
- Teacher salaries and teaching efficiency.
- School revenues.
The fundamental purposes of the association are stated at the first meeting. The
organization is created to (1) be a purely voluntary movement; (2) serve only the best
interests of the public school system of Illinois; (3) secure a uniformity of action on
matters pertaining to school financing and management; (4) improve the methods of
accounting for school funds; (5) bring about the simplification of school laws and a more
definite differential of functions between the school board and the school superintendent.
1914-1928 Because the Association was operated with no regular staff
until 1928, there is no record available for this 15-year period. It is assumed, however,
that the organization remained active and that annual meetings were held during this
Also during this period, the state legislature established a state pension fund for
teachers (1915) and a state aid formula designed to equalize expenditures per pupil
1928 A. D. McLarty, first staff member employed by the Association, is
named part-time executive secretary. A permanent office is established in the Urbana
Public Library building.
On November 21-22, the first school board convention is held in Urbana. Subsequent
conventions are held in Peoria, Decatur, Springfield, St. Louis and Chicago.
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