Friday, June 12, 2015

News from IASB

IASB welcomes new member district

Pope County CUSD 1, Golconda, is IASB’s newest member district. The district, which is located in the Association’s Shawnee Division, had last been a member in 2009. The Pope County district is served by Field Services Director Patrick Rice.

With that addition, the count of IASB member districts now stands at 847, and just eight districts are not members of the Association out of a total of 855 public school districts in the state. Note: there are three fewer districts today in Illinois than last year at this time, the result of local voter approval of three school district consolidations at the Nov. 4, 2014 general election, with none approved since.

Voters agreed to combine Dodds CCSD 7, Mt. Vernon, and Ina CCSD 8, and approved the consolidation of Woodlawn CHSD 205 and Woodlawn CCSD 4, as well as the consolidation of Catlin CUSD 5 and Jamaica CUSD 12.

Firm joins Service Associates

Frank Cooney Company, Inc., a provider of furniture for educational environments, Wood Dale, has been invited to join Service Associates. IASB’s Service Associates is an organization of businesses offering school-related products and services and having earned favorable reputations for quality and integrity.

Prospective members are screened by the Service Associates Executive Committee, which reviews the candidate firms and then forwards eligible ones to the IASB Board of Directors.

IASB currently has 72 Service Associate members. A complete listing of the members can be found online here. A print directory of the membership is also published in each issue of The Illinois School Board Journal.

More information on the program, including costs and benefits, can be found here.