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IESA Strategic Planning Begins Weekend of Jan. 21-22

BLOOMINGTON - The Illinois Elementary School Association (IESA) begins the process of Strategic Planning for the first time in its 76-year history when more than 30 volunteers from around the state gather the weekend of Jan. 21-22.

IESA is America's only interscholastic activities association governing grade, junior high and middle schools. It was founded in 1928. Steve Endsley is its Executive Director. Other staff administrators are Associate Executive Director Nicole Schaefbauer and Assistant Executive Director Julie Cochran.

The Strategic Planning sessions will get under way at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 21. Participants in the sessions will return at 8:00 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 22.

Saturday's session is scheduled to conclude in the afternoon. The sessions will be held in the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Office across town from the IESA Office in Bloomington.

The process for the weekend provides for broad based involvement of volunteers from across the state and representing the various IESA sports and activities. They will be charged to develop recommendations to the IESA Board of Directors that involve goal setting for IESA that lead to the potential development of a new mission statement and establishment of defined strategies which meet the needs and desires of IESA member schools. Strategies endorsed by the IESA Board of Directors then will require volunteers for Action Teams, which will be created to form action plans to implement the respective strategies. Joining the three staff members in the process will be seven members of the IESA Board of Directors and 24 administrators, coaches and athletic officials from the 14 IESA membership divisions. Board members scheduled to participate in the process are: President Joseph Spiezio, assistant principal of Briadwood Reed-Custer Junior High; Vice President Sue Silvey, principal of Bloomington Junior High; Craig Carr, assistant principal of Newton Jasper County; Stan Fitzanko, principal of Pekin Edison; Steve Lee, principal of Huntley Junior High; Gary Lewis, assistant superintendent of Westville Unit District No. 2; and Dan Vaughan, principal of Forrest Prairie Central.

Volunteers scheduled to participate from the different geographic divisions are: Jon Bixby, official from Charleston; Ken Bradbury, speech coach from Concord Triopia; Jane Cade, athletic director from Clinton Junior High; David Conrad, music instructor from Manteno Junior High; Scott Doerr, principal from Elkhart Grade School; Lisa Gocken, principal from Georgetown Mary Miller; Sharon Green, athletic director from Ford Hts. Cottage Grove; Terrell Herrings, athletic director from East St. Louis Lincoln; Monica Jones, athletic director from Springfield Christian; Jenny Kapraun-Veach, athletic director from Oakland Lake Crest; Jon Kilgore, principal from Pontiac Junior High; Rob Lathrop, athletic director from Bolingbrook Jane Addams; Kathy Litherland, speech coach from Lincoln Junior High; Pam Manning, principal from Cahokia Wirth; Jay Marshall, official from Richmond; Judy Melton, athletic director from Warsaw Junior High; Doug Nelson, principal from Aledo Junior High; Rusty Ragon, principal from Casey-Westfield Junior High; Wardie Sain, athletic director from Joliet Laraway; Kim Schafer, athletic director from Decatur Johns Hill; Bonnie Serone, athletic director from Normal Epiphany; Jack Small, scholastic bowl moderator from Farmington; Kara Smith, coach from Peoria Pleasant Valley; and Byron Sondgeroth, principal from Canton Ingersoll.

Facilitator will be Jim Burgett, former superintendent of schools at Highland. He has been facilitator of strategic planning for many schools and businesses throughout the country.

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