Monday, October 26, 2015

14 Districts earn IASB Governance Recognition

Geneva CUSD 304 receives Governance Recognition.
Fourteen school boards throughout the state will be honored this year with IASB’s School Board Governance Recognition.  The districts receiving the distinction have shown a commitment to following the Foundational Principles of Effective Governance and attended a number of professional development activities aimed at improving school board member knowledge and abilities.

The focus of the two-year governance recognitionis on full board development, rather than individual board member efforts. In order to be recognized, winners must show they have met specific goals aligned with the Foundational Principles. Such benchmarks include the adoption of a 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. These include a board self-evaluation, holding an in-district workshop, having a representative present at each division meeting, and nominating a designee to attend the IASB Delegate Assembly each year.

“Democracy and public education will always provide challenges,” said Dean Langdon, IASB’s associate executive director for board development and TAG. “These boards have exhibited the importance of goal setting, policy development, superintendent evaluation, community engagement, and member orientation. By committing to these governance activities, boards are in a better place to deal with these issues in a proactive manner.”

This year’s School Board Governance Recognition winners are:
  • Emmons SD 33
  • Fairview SD 72
  • Fox Lake ESD 114
  • Geneva CUSD 304
  • Harrison SD 36
  • Homer CCSD 33C
  • Kildeer Countryside CCSD 96
  • Lincoln ESD 156
  • Millburn CCSD 24
  • Naperville CUSD 203
  • Oak Lawn-Hometown SD 123
  • Oak Park ESD 97
  • Prospect Heights SD 23
  • Salt Creek SD 48
IASB will present plaques to the winning school boards at the fall division dinner meetings. Recipients will also be recognized at the Joint Annual Conference in November.

Boards can receive the recognition once every two years. Districts that wish to apply are advised to compile their resource material on an ongoing basis to ensure the rigorous criteria is completed. A checklist of board requirements and materials that must be submitted is available on the IASB public website.

The application for School Board Governance Recognition can be downloaded from the Members Only website under the “Your IASB Involvement” tab.