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Board Of Education Wins IASB Governance Award

September 24, 2021

The Deerfield Public Schools District 109 Board of Education has been recognized for their exceptional governance practices by the Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB). DPS 109 was one of 35 Illinois school districts to earn the School Board Governance Recognition for their effective governance behaviors and their commitment toward obtaining the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively govern the district.     

IASB’s School Board Governance Recognition program acknowledges local boards of
education that practice good governance behaviors as outlined by IASB's Foundational Principles of Effective Governance. The focus of Governance Recognition is on full board development and participation, rather than on individual members. Boards of education that meet the necessary requirements are recognized for the two-year honorary distinction.

“The Board of Education members devote hours of tireless service to the children of our community. I’m pleased to see them being recognized for their efforts,” said Mike Simeck, Superintendent of Schools.

The School Board Governance Recognition program aims to showcase how good governance creates a positive impact for students, staff, and the entire district community. It provides an opportunity for districts to tell their story about programs and projects that are improving outcomes in their local school districts and offers board members a chance to highlight how continuous learning, both by individual board members and the full board team, results in improved governance for the board of education and positive outcomes for the district.

“Serving on the Board of Education involves much more than just attending meetings,” said Sari Montgomery, Board of Education President. “It’s a commitment to listening to all stakeholders, understanding the complex issues that come with running a school district, and constantly working to ensure we are learning and following best governance practices.”

The Illinois Association of School Boards is a voluntary organization of local boards of education dedicated to strengthening the public schools through local citizen control. Although not a part of state government, IASB is organized by member school boards as a private not-for-profit corporation under authority granted by Article 23 of The Illinois School Code.       

More information about the IASB School Board Governance Recognition program can be found on the Illinois Association of School Boards website.