The Oak Lawn-Hometown School District 123 Board of Education was one of only 45 school districts statewide to be awarded the Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB) Recognition for Governance.
This honor is designed to acknowledge those school boards engaging in activities and modeling behaviors that lead to excellence in local school governance in support of quality public education.
The effective practice of school governance is evaluated through IASB’s foundational principles and fundamental duties: clarifying a district purpose, connecting with the community, employing a superintendent, delegating authority, monitoring performance, and taking responsibility for itself.
Every two years, the full board and superintendent are eligible for this award, and District 123 has been recognized for eight years in the last decade for showcasing strong leadership in the school community. By receiving this award for the fourth time, the board continues to show a commitment to understanding the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for effective governance.
“The Oak Lawn-Hometown District 123 Board of Education is privileged to once again receive the biannual IASB School Board Governance Recognition designation, marking the fourth time in the last eight years. The consistent acknowledgment of our efforts stands as a clear reflection of the board’s unwavering commitment to transparent procedures, ongoing advancement, and the tenets of sound governance. As a board, we maintain high standards because our students, our staff, and the residents of Oak Lawn and Hometown deserve nothing but the best. It is through articulation of our objectives, an unwavering connection with the entire community, and oversight of district outcomes that we can persist in delivering top-notch education to every child in our learning community. We are genuinely grateful to IASB for recognizing our endeavors once more and remain steadfast in our mission promote quality governance for every stakeholder," remarked District 123 School Board of Education President, Brian Nichols.