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
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
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
- 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
- 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
- We believe in the value of
- 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
The strategies are broadly stated
means of deploying resources to fulfill the mission of the
- 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
- Develop a comprehensive judges
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- Promote and improve good
- 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
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
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
- Steve Endsley, executive director
- Nicole Schaefbauer, associate
- Julie Cochran, assistant
- Jim Flynn, special projects
- 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]