Friday, January 29, 2016

IASB mailing Constitution and updated Position Statements

The 2016 Illinois Association of School Boards Constitution and Position Statements publication has been updated and is being mailed to all Association member districts. The revised document reflects priorities adopted at the 2015 Delegate Assembly at the Joint Annual Conference in November.

Among the new directives are Position Statements 2.54, requiring hospitals to meet constitutional standards as a charity in order to qualify for property tax exemptions, and Position Statement 6.25, which seeks to allow the sale of student constructed or renovated homes by means other than the sealed bid process.

In addition to the newly adopted proposals, the reaffirmation of positions 2.20 and 2.27 are also highlighted. The former calls for the continued support of the School Construction Grant Program and its current provisions, as well as giving priority to districts that have waited longer than 90 days for construction grant funds. Position Statement 2.27 urges the creation of new funding methodology for state authorized charter schools that will not negatively impact the financial status of the host district.

The 2016 Constitution and Position Statements can also be viewed online at the IASB website.

A letter will be sent to member districts in early April to solicit resolutions for consideration in 2016. The deadline for submitting resolutions is June 22.