Friday, October 2, 2015

Honor local school board members: November 15 is School Board Members Day

November 15, 2015, will mark the seventh year of School Board Members Day in Illinois. The statewide day of recognition was created in 2008 by legislative action to recognize the public and community service school board members provide.

The theme for School Board Members Day this year is “Everyday Heroes.” The importance of school board members to the success of the public education system is unequivocal. Board members dedicate their personal time to ensure the local community has a voice in their children’s education. They play a critical role in representative democracy and strive to protect two of the community’s most precious resources; the children and tax dollars. 

Often the efforts and actions of local board of education members go unnoticed. School board members volunteer their time, not for a paycheck, but instead to ensure all students are given the opportunities needed to succeed.

IASB has created a package of materials to help districts and communities honor the dedication of local school board members. The 2015 Illinois School Board Members Day resources include a themed logo, press release, letter, sample marquee messages, Illinois school facts, and an honorary certificate that can be personalized and presented to board members at a board meeting, recognition ceremony, or other related event.  

School districts are welcome to use any of the School Board Members Day resources without additional permission from the Association. The materials are available for download on the IASB Members Only website, (under the Member Resources tab).