Stark County CUSD #100 Board of Education Earns Governance Recognition Honor


Stark County CUSD #100 Board of Education Earns Governance Recognition Honor

The Stark County CUSD #100 Board of Education has been recognized for their exceptional governance practices by the Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB). Stark County CUSD #100 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.


  “It’s not a surprise that the Stark County CUSD #100 Board of Education earned this honor,” said Superintendent Brett Elliott. “Our board of education is constantly working to improve the district for our students, staff and for  the entire community. The individual board members and the full board are always looking for professional development opportunities to advance their governance knowledge and learn from the successes of their peers in other districts. 

“The board engages with the community on issues of importance and they do an outstanding job of monitoring the district’s performance to ensure that we are meeting the goals that align with our mission, vision and P.H.E.A.R.C.E philosophy” said Superintendent Elliott.

        As part of the Governance Recognition application, the board supplied narratives and documentation to demonstrate good governance criteria: mission/vision and goals, community connections and communication, data-driven progress monitoring, new member orientation, continuous learning, and positive impacts on student outcomes.  

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.

“This board has shown its commitment to the district, and ultimately the students, by continually improving their leadership skills and knowledge. To be a successful board and provide the Ultimate Learning Environment for our students, it requires a lot of time, effort and a commitment to a relentless pursuit of excellence. Good governance is always a work in progress,” said Board President Ann Orwig.

“There is a misconception that the work of the school board starts and stops at our regular board meetings. A majority of our work actually happens outside the meetings; studying the issues, communicating with the community, advocating on behalf of our district, and learning the intricacies of school finance, just to name a few. Serving on the school board is a lot of work, but it’s worth it to see our students achieve success and go on to do great things in their lives and for their communities,” reiterated Board President Ann Orwig. 

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