Monday, May 8, 2017

Applications available for secretary service award

Last year's recipient, Karen Vota,
Coal City CUSD 1, posed with the first
winner, Janet Miller of Mt. Vernon SD 80.
The Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB) is now seeking nominations for the 2017 Holly Jack Outstanding Service Award. School districts are encouraged to nominate board or district administrative professionals who go above and beyond expectations to serve the staff, school board, community, and students.

The recognition was created eight years ago to honor the memory of long-time IASB employee Holly Jack, who worked as a field services administrative assistant and was instrumental in developing the Administrative Professionals’ Program (formerly known as Board/District Secretaries Program) offered at the Joint Annual Conference.

Eligible nominees must be district employees (superintendent’s secretary, superintendent’s administrative assistant, school board recording secretary, etc.) who have performed the duties of the board secretary for a minimum of five years.

Nominees should demonstrate characteristics similar to those exhibited by Holly Jack in her work with school districts. Qualifications include a constant desire for self-improvement, passion for public education work, dedication toward improving the quality of life and quality of education for those in the community, independent problem-solving abilities, and innovation within the work environment.

The nomination form needs to be signed by the superintendent and the board president. Additional resource pages are allowed. Letters of support from individuals, either inside or outside the district, may be submitted with the form, but are limited to no more than five. The deadline for submitting all related nomination materials is Sep. 30. Additional information and the nomination form are available on the IASB website.

The winner will be selected by a panel of impartial judges and be notified immediately of the judges’ decision. The award will be presented in November at the IASB/IASA/IASBO Joint Annual Conference in Chicago during the Administrative Professionals’ Program.

For more information, phone Peggy Goone at 217/528-9688, ext. 1103; or email her at