The Oak Lawn Hometown School District 123 Board of Education is one of only 14 school districts to earn the IASB’s 2015 School Board Governance Recognition designation.
“This recognition is designed to acknowledge those school boards that have engaged in activities and modeled behaviors that lead to excellence in local school governance in support of quality public education,” according to a letter from the Illinois Association of School Boards, Executive Director Roger Eddy.
The IASB 2015 School Board Governance Recognition will be formally presented to Oak Lawn-Hometown 123’s Board of Education in October and will be highlighted during a state-wide conference this November.
“This award is an indicator of our continuous work with the board’s commitment to transparency, sound practices and policy. Along with our three IASB master board members, and an enthusiasm to continuing our own professional development as a board, we are honored to be presented with this award,” said Board President Richard Mason during a recent meeting.
The above photo shows school board members left to right, Peter DeRousse, Jennifer Fortier, Board President Richard Mason, Board Vice-President Theresa Roche, Brian Nichols, Julie Misner, and Board Secretary Jay Lurquin. There are 866 regular public districts: 377 elementary school districts, 99 high school districts, and 390 unit school districts in the State of Illinois.
Dr. Peter DeRouse has a Ph. D. in Classical Studies. His first term began in 2013. He is the father of two Sward students. Jennifer Fortier earned an M.A. in Secondary Education. Her daughter attends Kolmar Elementary School. Richard Mason has been a board member since 2008 and was recently reelected in 2013 and serves as the board president. He holds a BBA in Marketing & Advertising an MA in History and an MBA. He is the parent of a Oak Lawn Hometown Middle School Student. Board Vice President Theresa Roche has a J.D. Degree and also serves as a Worth Township Trustee. She has a daughter attending Oak Lawn Hometown Middle School. She began serving on the school board in 2009. Brian Nichols has been on the board since 2013 and has a son at Sward. He has a B.S. in Chemistry. Board Secretary Jay Lurquin has served on the board since 2009. He has 2 children attending Sward and one attending Oak Lawn Hometown Middle School. He has an Associates Degree in Computer Systems. Julie Misner was elected in 2015.