Board of School Inspectors Recognized


The Joliet Public Schools District 86 Board of School Inspectors has been recognized for their exceptional governance practices by the Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB). District 86 was one of only 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 school district. The award was presented to the school board members at the IASB Three Rivers Division Fall Dinner Meeting.  

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 our Board of School Inspectors earned this honor,” said Joliet Public Schools District 86 Superintendent Dr. Theresa Rouse. “Our board is constantly working to improve the district for our students 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 School Board Governance Recognition program aims to showcase how good governance creates a positive impact for students, staff, and the entire community. It provides an opportunity for districts to tell their story about programs and projects that are improving outcomes in 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.

“Our 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 a high-quality educational experience for our students, it requires a lot of time and effort and a commitment to continual learning,” said Board of School Inspectors President Erick Deshaun Dorris.

“There is a misconception that the work of a school board starts and stops at 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 is worth it to see our students achieve success and go on to do great things in their lives and for their communities,” President Dorris added.

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