Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Secretary award nominations
sought for 2015

The Illinois Association of School Boards is seeking nominations for the “Holly Jack Outstanding Service Award,” and school districts are being encouraged to nominate board secretaries who excel in their post.

The award was created six years ago to honor the memory of Holly Jack, a long-time employee of the Association who served as an IASB field services administrative assistant. She was instrumental in promoting and developing the secretaries’ professional development programming offered at the Joint Annual Conference.

The award’s purpose is to honor the memory and contribution of Holly Jack and to recognize the extraordinary work and service provided by secretaries who serve and assist their local boards of education. The award will be presented at the IASB/IASA/IASBO annual conference in Chicago on Friday, Nov. 20, 2015.

IASB invites school board presidents and superintendents each year to nominate their local district employee (superintendent’s secretary, superintendent’s administrative assistant, school board recording secretary, etc.) who does the work required of the school board secretary as proscribed by The School Code of Illinois.

To be eligible, an individual must be a district employee, and have been employed in that position by a school district for a minimum of five years. While it is not necessary to address each of the award criteria, the nominee should demonstrate characteristics similar to those shown by Holly Jack in her work with school districts.

The nomination form needs to be signed by the superintendent and the board president. Additional pages are allowed.

Letters of support from individuals, either inside or outside the district, may be submitted with the form, but these must be limited to a total of five. The deadline for submitting all nomination documents is Sep. 30. Additional information and the nomination form are available online at the IASB website.

The winner will be selected by a panel of impartial judges. The selected nominee and the nominating district will be notified immediately of the judges’ decision.
More information is available from Peggy Goone, email or Anna Lovern, email