Thursday, March 16, 2017

IASB directors honor Ben Andersen

Ben Andersen
Longtime Northwest Division Director Ben Andersen was honored by the IASB board of directors at its quarterly meeting held March 10-11, in Lisle.

Andersen, who has served on the East Dubuque Unit SD 119 board since 1986, is not running for re-election in April. He stepped down from the Association board in November and has been replaced by Chris Buikema, East Coloma-Nelson CESD 20 (Rock Falls).

Chris Buikema
Andersen was elected director in 2007, having previously served as division resolutions chair and as a district delegate for 28 years. He has served on the IASB board’s executive, nominating, and audit committees and co-chaired the annual conference in 2011.

Executive Director Roger Eddy reviewed the Association’s R-2 monitoring report. He noted that staff members had a lot of input developing the nine categories of evidence indicators showing what the Association does to support the premise, “Individual board members and
member boards of education will increase their knowledge and skills necessary to effectively govern their districts and provide quality public education, including the ability to”:

  • Understand the importance of placing priority focus on overall student success
  • Understand the role difference between school boards, superintendents, and administration
  • Develop, articulate, and implement a community-based vision for public education in their respective communities
  • Build consensus among their board members and with the community
  • Interpret and use data to monitor student and district progress
  • Communicate effectively
  • Interact with colleagues throughout the educational community
  • Advocate effectively for the welfare of their districts
  • Govern through written board policy

The board of directors also approved bylaws for seven of the Association’s 21 governing divisions, a recommendation for a new Service Associate membership, and its annual work calendar. The board also heard a report from the 2017 Joint Annual Conference co-chairs and received updates on Illinois High School Association activities, state legislation, Association finances, and staffing. It was also announced at the quarterly meeting that Chicago CPS 299 is no longer a member of IASB. The district was most recently represented on the IASB board by Jaime Guzman.

On Friday night, the board heard presentations by State Reps. William Davis, D-30, East Hazel Crest, and Robert Pritchard, R-70, Sycamore. A passionate discussion followed on the need for flexibility in student performance accountability measurements and state education funding commitments.
The next meeting of the IASB board will be held May 12-13 in Springfield.