For Immediate Release
November 18, 2007

Indian Prairie board member named recipient of the 2007 Thomas Lay Burroughs Award

Illinois State Board of Education honors 16-year district school board member

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) today presented Mark C. Metzger, school board president for Indian Prairie Community Unit School District 204, with the 2007 Thomas Lay Burroughs Award. ISBE Chairman Jesse H. Ruiz presented the annual award during the joint annual conference of the Illinois Association of School Boards, Illinois Association of School Administrators and Illinois Association of School Business Officials in Chicago.

“On behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education, I congratulate Mark Metzger for his dedication and commitment to serving as the Indian Prairie school board president for 5 years of his 16-year service on the board,” said Chairman Ruiz. “His leadership at both the local and state level is commendable. He exemplifies what it is to be an outstanding board president.”

Metzger was first elected to the school board in 1991 when the district had only 8,100 students in 10 different schools. Today, Indian Prairie is the fourth largest district in the state and serves more than 29,000 students in 31 schools. In addition, Metzger mentors incoming school board members by conducting training statewide. He has also given numerous presentations on board service and student learning on the state and national level.

"Indian Prairie is fortunate to have a leader like Mark Metzger,” said Indian Prairie Superintendent Stephen Daeschner. “Our entire community, especially our students, have benefited greatly from Mark's commitment to always doing what's best for children."

Last year, Metzger earned the National School Boards Association’s Distinguished Service award. Since 1997, he has attained the recognition of being a ‘Master Board Member’ from the Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB). He was also elected vice-president of the IASB in 2005. Metzger lives in Aurora with his wife and three sons.

ISBE created the award in 1991 to honor Thomas Lay Burroughs, who served as chairman of the State Board of Education and the Board of Education for the Collinsville School District. The award recognizes extraordinary educational leadership at the local level, including leadership: