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Board adopts new mission statement, beliefs and strategies

[MARCH 11, 2005]  BLOOMINGTON -- The board of directors of the Illinois Elementary School Association unanimously adopted a new mission statement -- all 10 belief statements and all 12 strategies recommended by the association's strategic planning team in a teleconference call on March 1. Kathy Litherland of Lincoln was a member of the planning team.

The board authorized the administrative staff to prepare a printed brochure regarding strategic planning. The brochure, to be mailed to each member school, will contain a review of the strategic planning process, the new mission statement, the IESA beliefs, an outline of the strategies and an application for volunteer service on the action teams to be created to address the respective strategies.

The board will prioritize the order in which the strategies will be addressed by action teams.

At its fall meeting Sept. 10, 2004, the board of directors endorsed the concept of strategic planning, and the association began its journey toward the initial planning session Jan. 21-22. The planning process allowed for a broad-based involvement in the goal-setting process, leading to development of beliefs and strategies that reflect the needs and desires of IESA member schools.

Mission statement

The mission statement describes the unique purpose for which the IESA exists and the specific function it performs. The primary focus of the organization is provided in the mission statement, which says:

The IESA will provide the leadership to ensure safe, equitable opportunities so students in our member schools can be enriched by participation in interscholastic activities which promote good sportsmanship, integrity and life skills.


The belief statements describe the organization's fundamental convictions. The belief statements represent non-negotiable ethical principles and were developed by the strategic planning team during the initial planning session in January. They reflect the values that will guide the IESA as it strives to fulfill its mission.

  • We believe the IESA creates equal opportunity for all students.
  • We believe that the purpose of interscholastic activities is to provide the foundation for life skills.
  • We believe the students IESA serves have unique needs and warrant a separate governing body.
  • We believe the IESA should expand its leadership role statewide in interscholastic activities.
  • We believe IESA and its member schools should actively teach and promote good sportsmanship and ethical behavior.
  • We believe the IESA should constantly strive to improve opportunities for students.
  • We believe in the value of participation to develop self-esteem, personal growth and a sense of belonging.
  • We believe in the value of recognizing excellence.
  • We believe that all students deserve the right to participate in a safe environment.
  • We believe the IESA believes that students deserve to be directed and coached by highly qualified personnel.


The strategies are broadly stated means of deploying resources to fulfill the mission of the association.

IESA will:

  • Increase its membership.
  • Provide equitable compensation to recruit and retain a highly qualified staff.
  • Provide the appropriate financial resources to meet the mission of IESA.
  • Provide the facilities necessary for IESA operations.
  • Develop a comprehensive officials program.
  • Develop a comprehensive judges program.

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  • Promote and improve good sportsmanship.
  • Review its constitution.
  • Review state series structure and state series administration.
  • Improve communications through the interaction of the member schools in the association.
  • Promote an increase in member participation in fine arts activities.
  • Enhance the recognition of excellence.

The IESA needs interested people to serve as members of the action teams that are charged with making the vision of the strategic planning a reality. Each team will meet at the IESA office in Bloomington to compile a plan that will incorporate effective ways to implement each respective strategy.

People interested in becoming a member of one of these teams should contact their IESA member school principal for a copy of the strategic planning brochure, which includes an action team application form. Volunteers appointed to serve on the teams will be contacted by the IESA office.

IESA staff

  • Steve Endsley, executive director
  • Nicole Schaefbauer, associate executive director
  • Julie Cochran, assistant executive director
  • Jim Flynn, special projects manager


  • James F. Burgett, Highland

Strategic planning team

  • Jon Bixby, Charleston
  • Ken Bradbury, Concord
  • Jane Cade, Clinton
  • Craig Carr, Newton
  • David Conrad, Manteno
  • Scott Doerr, Elkhart
  • Stan Fitzanko, Pekin
  • Lisa Gocken, Georgetown
  • Sharon Green, Ford Heights
  • Terrell Herrings, East St. Louis
  • Monica Jones, Springfield
  • Jenny Kapraun-Veach, Oakland
  • Jon Kilgore, Pontiac
  • Rob Lathrop, Bolingbrook
  • Steve Lee, Huntley
  • Gary Lewis, Westville
  • Kathy Litherland, Lincoln
  • Pam Manning, Cahokia
  • Jay Marshall, Richmond
  • Judy Melton, Warsaw
  • Doug Nelson, Aledo
  • Rusty Ragon, Casey
  • Wardie Sain, Joliet
  • Bonnie Serone, Normal
  • Sue Silvey, Bloomington
  • Jack Small, Farmington
  • Kara Smith, Peoria
  • Byron Sondgeroth, Canton
  • Joe Spezio, Braidwood
  • Dan Vaughan, Forrest

[Provided by Jim Flynn, Illinois Elementary School Association]

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