By: Elizabeth Owens-Schiele
Des Plaines Community Consolidated School District 62 board President Brenda Murphy recently was recognized by the Illinois State Board of Education and given the 2013 Thomas Lay Burroughs Award for her service.
“It’s quite an honor to receive this award,” said Murphy, 51, who has served nine years as board president and 14 years on the school board. “I really view it as an award not just for me, but the entire board or anyone associated with School District 62. We’ve been able to accomplish so many wonderful things for School District 62.
The award recognizes extraordinary leadership at the local level for improved student performance, crisis management and equal education opportunities, according to Mary Fergus, Illinois State Board of Education spokesperson. More than two dozen candidates were considered by the nominating committee for the award named for Burroughs, who served as chairman of the state Board of Education and for the Collinsville School District.
“Brenda Murphy was chosen from this year’s nominees for her dedication and strong leadership, particularly her focus on using data to drive decisions and help narrow the achievement gap,” Fergus said. “This is an incredible feat at any time, but especially noteworthy at a time when districts are serving more children in poverty and taking on more education initiatives while receiving less funding.”
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