Wednesday, April 1, 2015

IASB Board bids farewell to four directors, digs into governance work

The IASB Board of Directors continued to work on revisions to Association governance culture policies, operational expectations, interpretations and evidence indicators at their March 7 quarterly meeting.

The meeting, held in Lisle, was the last one for four directors, including: DuPage division director Rosemary Swanson, Wheaton-Warrenville CUSD 200; West Cook division Director Frank Mott, Forest Park SD 91; Southwestern division director Rob Lutrell, Triad CUSD 2; and Wabash Valley division director Tim Blair, Casey-Westfield CUSD 4C. All four directors did not file to run for their local school board in the April 7 consolidated elections.

Board president Karen Fisher, Ottawa THSD 140, presented each with a plaque to commemorate their service. The board also discussed how it goes about recruiting and mentoring new directors.

Thomas Ruggio, Woodridge SD 68, has already been named to replace Swanson. Directors to fill vacancies in the other three divisions will be chosen according to the by-laws of their division and appointed to fill the remainder of their director’s term. The seats to be filled will become vacant after the April 7 election.

The board also reviewed its own goals for its work over the next three years. Many suggestions were heard and will be considered by the executive committee for possible adoption at the May meeting.

Several oral and written presentations and reports were made, including a state teacher recruiting and retention task force, the state board’s reaction to parents opting out of student testing, Association finances, the Association plan to upgrade its financial and association management systems, IASB’s amici brief filing in a case before the Illinois Supreme Court, the Illinois High School Association, IASB Service Associates membership recommendations, and current and pending legislative issues.

The next meeting will be held May 2 at the IASB office in Springfield.