Saturday, November 17, 2018

IASB member school boards vote
on student safety and protection resolutions


[PRESS RELEASE]

A proposed resolution calling for the Illinois Association of School Boards to support legislation that would provide local school boards the option to decide if they will allow for properly trained staff to be armed in school buildings as part of the district’s overall student safety and protection plans was not adopted by the IASB Delegate Assembly.

The vote tally was 179 in favor of the adoption of the resolution, 203 against.

Districts opposing the measure opined that arming staff would not create a safer environment for their students. The intent of the proposed resolution was to give local school districts the authority to decide what is best for their communities in the areas of school safety and student protection. The resolution was supported primarily by rural school districts with concerns about emergency response time and lack of financial resources to employ school resource officers.

Representatives from Illinois school boards considered resolutions at IASB’s Delegate Assembly, which gives member school districts the opportunity to establish IASB’s positions on legislation and related matters of public policy. The assembly was held November 17 in conjunction with the 2018 Joint Annual Conference in Chicago.

In its other resolutions action, the Delegate Assembly approved a resolution that would allow school districts to approve funds, without going to referendum, for the purchase and installation of energy-saving equipment relating to utility usage.

The membership also
  • Approved a reaffirmation of an Association position on charter school funding methodology;
  • Approved an amended belief statement on education in civics, adding language on the importance of student voter registration;
  • Approved a new belief statement recommending local authority over decision-making relating to school safety drills, plans, and procedures;
  • Approved an amended belief statement on safe and secure environments, adding language to encourage state and federal investment of comprehensive mental health resources.

Each resolution is originally proposed by a member district, reviewed by a 21-member Resolutions Committee, and then brought before the Delegate Assembly for any discussion and vote. The adopted resolutions set IASB’s policies and establish the legislative direction of the Association and its member districts.


In addition to setting legislative priorities, IASB delegates re-elected the Association’s president and vice president. Joanne Osmond, a member of the Lake Villa CCSD 41 Board of Education, will serve a second term as president. Thomas Neeley, a member of the Morton CUSD 709 Board of Education, will serve another term as IASB’s vice president. Delegates also received the Association’s financial report from IASB treasurer Linda Eades of Northwestern CUSD 2 and a written annual report from IASB Executive Director Thomas Bertrand.