Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Upcoming deadlines for district secretary, board president awards

The award is presented
at the Joint Annual Conference.
Holly Jack Award
Created in 2009, the Holly Jack Award honors the memory of longtime IASB administrative assistant Holly Jack.  Applicants must be local district employees (the superintendent’s secretary, superintendent’s administrative assistant, or school board recording secretary) who have performed the duties of a board secretary for a minimum of five years.

Qualifications for the award include a constant desire for self-improvement, passion for public education work, dedication toward improving the quality of life for others and the quality of education in the community, independent problem-solving abilities, and innovation and imagination within the work environment.

The deadline to submit nominations is Friday, Sep. 30. Application forms must be signed by the board president and superintendent. Additional letters of support may be included, but these should be limited to five pages or less. The nomination form and information regarding qualifying criteria is available on the IASB website.

Thomas Lay Burroughs Award
Nominations for the Thomas Lay Burroughs Award for the state’s Outstanding School Board President are due Oct. 7. The award was created in 1991 in memory of the late Illinois State Board of Education  chairman and is presented each November at the Joint Annual Conference in Chicago.

Qualifications for the award include demonstrating leadership skills on behalf of student learning, educational excellence, equal educational opportunities, and in resolving a crisis or addressing a major difficulty.

Email nominations and accompanying materials to Katherine Galloway at with the subject line indicating “Burroughs Nomination.” For nomination information, visit ISBE’s Burroughs’s Award webpage.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Districts can claim refunds for tech purchases

Schools can get refunds for LCD devices they bought from 1998 to 2006.
School districts and schools that bought certain flat-screen LCD TVs, computer monitors, and notebooks have until Oct. 4 to claim cash refunds obtained in a $104 million settlement.

Specifically, the state has settled potential claims on behalf of Illinois school districts and other political subdivisions that purchased LCD panel products between Jan. 1, 1998, and Dec. 31, 2006 for their own use and not for resale.

Schools and school districts may receive thousands of dollars, depending on the number of items purchased. No receipts, invoices, or other proof is required to file. The filing forms take a few minutes to complete and submit.

The payout stems from a lawsuit filed by the state of Illinois that alleges Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) manufacturers conspired to fix prices, causing illegal overcharges.

Although the exact payment depends on the total claims made, school districts could get up to $270 for each TV, $205 for each monitor, and $165 for each notebook computer. But quick action is needed, because the filing deadline is near. School districts and schools may not file their own separate lawsuits, and claims must be filed by Oct. 4 in order to qualify to receive funds under the $104 million state settlement.

To submit a claim form online, click here.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Fourteen resolutions considered, recommendations made

IASB Delegate Assembly voting determines which
resolutions are to become official positions of the Association.
The IASB Delegate Assembly will gather on Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Joint Annual Conference to debate resolutions submitted by member districts. If approved by the delegates in attendance, the resolutions will be adopted as official Position Statements of IASB.

Fourteen resolutions were submitted by local school boards to address concerns related to election dates, special education, and school finance reform, among other issues. The deadline for districts to submit resolutions was June 22.

The IASB resolutions committee, comprised of one member from each of the Association’s 21 divisions, heard testimony from the submitting districts on Aug. 5. Committee members debated the proposals and made recommendations to adopt or not adopt each measure.

The 2016 Resolutions Committee Report lists the suggested recommendations of the committee members and is being mailed this week to each member district. Providing a summary and the rationale of each resolution, the report is intended to assist districts when deciding how to vote at the Delegate Assembly.

Six new resolutions, four amendments to current positions, and four reaffirmations of position statements are summarized below and listed by subject, sponsoring district, and division. The committee’s recommendation is noted at the end of each summary. Click below to read the new resolutions, amendments, and reaffirmations.

Friday, September 23, 2016

IASB, members weigh in on ESSA process

As Illinois develops its state plan to meet the requirements of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), a second Listening Tour is underway to provide overview information on the new federal education law, and allow participants to share their ideas on Illinois’ implementation.

Most of ESSA will take effect starting with the 2017-2018 academic year, with implementation occurring over the subsequent 18 months.

Members of IASB’s division leadership teams are scheduled to attend Listening Tour events and offer input. IASB has developed talking points to address the accountability section of the State Plan.

“ESSA says that the percentage of Academic Indicators in the accountability system is required to be ‘significant,’” says Roger Eddy, IASB’s executive director. “What we don’t know is what that’s going to mean.”

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Top youth volunteers to earn awards

The top volunteers will get a free trip to Washington, DC.
The search recently began for Illinois’ top youth volunteers of 2017 in the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards.

Now through Nov. 8, students in grades 5-12 are invited to apply for the awards in a nationwide youth volunteer recognition program sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP). The program is in its 22nd year, with awards presented annually on the local, state, and national level.

Applicants must have made meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service within the past 12 months. Officials will announce Illinois’ top youth volunteers in February, with winners receiving $1,000, along with medallions, and all-expense-paid trips to Washington, DC. Ten national winners will each receive $5,000 awards, along with gold medallions, crystal trophies for their schools, and $5,000 grants from the Prudential Foundation for the charity of the winner’s choice.